Vaccinations and your child

By LaTonya Russell, MD Sentara Pediatric Physicians So, you’ve had your precious little one, and there are lots and lots of questions. Fortunately, there are lots of answers for you, some good ones and some not so good ones. There is a lot of information easily accessible via the Internet. Although the Internet can be … Continue Reading


Dizziness and BPPV: What you should know

Have you ever felt like the room was spinning when you were standing still? Dizziness can be scary and sometimes easily written off as standing up too fast or feeling lightheaded. However, feeling dizzy can be the side effect of many things, and one treatable condition that may be responsible is BPPV. What is BPPV? BPPV stands for benign … Continue Reading


Don’t let ticks take a bite out of your summer

Summer is here and it’s time for some outdoor fun. But before you enjoy a long hike, embark on a family camping trip or even spend some time in your garden or yard, remember to protect yourself from ticks – and other unexpected guests that may be lurking outdoors! Ticks, in particular, can attach to any … Continue Reading


Could it be heat illness?

By Scott Allyn, Sentara Therapy Services Heat illness happens when your body becomes overheated and is not able to cool itself. Water is the key to the body’s cooling system. Sweat, produced on the skin, evaporates and cools the body down. In an ideal world, this happens very quickly. Factors like outdoor temperatures, humidity and … Continue Reading


Aquatics for arthritis


By Phyllis Tacik, LPTA            Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Many individuals are affected by it with varying degree of limitation. It is a chronic condition that causes the material which cushions your joints to break down. As a result your bones begin to rub together causing stiffness, … Continue Reading


Healthy Living Tips for Women


Women have health concerns that differ from men, and it’s important to know what you can do as a woman to stay healthy throughout your life. Making intelligent lifestyle choices will help you look and feel great at any age. To help you maintain your best possible wellness, Dr. Betyshia Watson offers her top five … Continue Reading


What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


By: Mary T. Dobias, PT/CHT Do you wake up at night with your thumb, index, middle and/or radial half of the ring finger?  Are you finding that you are dropping objects? You may be experiencing symptoms related to compression of the median nerve at the wrist commonly known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The median nerve … Continue Reading


Staying safe at home: Are you at risk for a fall?


Written by Rita Brereton, MPT The Centers for Disease Control report that one of every three adults, age 65 years or older, falls each year In the United States – 60 percent of those falls happen at home.  How do you know if you are at risk for serious injury from a fall? Ask yourself these questions: … Continue Reading


World Cup Fever and Other Soccer Ailments


From Jozy Altidore’s strained hamstring to Clint Dempsey’s broken nose and other bumps and bruises, the US Men’s World Cup Team suffered injuries to key players so far in the World Cup. Soccer can be pretty rough on the body.  Below are some common soccer-related injuries that Scott Allyn, a certified athletic trainer for Sentara Sports Medicine … Continue Reading


Summer sun and water safety tips


It’s that time of year when we just can’t get enough of the sunshine and time spent outdoors. Though we may be in a hurry to rush out to the pool or beach, there are a few tips you should consider to keep you and your family safe. Sun safety tips When buying sunscreen, make … Continue Reading

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