Health
Thursday, May 10, 2018
 
Alzheimers Programs Easter Seals, 22317 N. DuPont Blvd. in Georgetown, is hosting a series of educational programs presented by Jamie Magee, coordinator for the Alzheimers Association. The following free programs are being offered: Friday, May 18, 10 a.m. Noon - Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimers The Basics. Register by May 13. Wednesday, June 6, 10 a.m. Noon - Effective Communication Strategies. Register by June 2. Friday, June 8, 10 a.m. Noon - Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors. Register by June 5. Friday, June 22, 10 a.m. Noon - Healthy Living for your Brain and Body. Register by June 15. To register, call 800-272-3900 or email Sharon Jarnette at sjarnette@alz.org

VA Mobile Medical Unit The Department of Veterans Affairs Wilmington Medical Center Mobile Outreach Clinic offers a variety of opportunities for veterans in rural areas of southern Delaware to allow access to quality health care in their community. In an effort to establish and expand its clinical programs to improve access toprimary care, mental health care, and specialty care services for veterans, the VA Mobile Medical Unit will be on site at Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 (corner of Governors Avenue and Mill Street) in Greenwood on Monday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For appointments, call Michele Kuhn at 302-250-2991.

Doctor’s Perspective
Training is a form of physical therapy

By Dr. Anthony Policastro
Baseball season has begun. Spring training is finished. Football training camps will soon be underway. We take for granted the fact that being an athlete requires training. What we often fail to realize is that training is a form of physical therapy. Batting practice teaches someone how and when to swing at a ball. You do it so often that it becomes second nature and you do not have to think about it. It results in what is known as muscle memory.

The same thing is true of using weights to tone the muscles. This occurs in most sports. The athlete is not actually going to be lifting weights during the sport, however, well homed muscles will make other tasks easier. I had surgery on a finger in 1989. A line drive hit the tip of my finger and it drove the middle bone into the joint. The bone exploded into six pieces and I had surgery to put the bone back together. The surgeon sent me to physical therapy afterward. I did two hours a day of physical therapy for two weeks. During the therapy, they gave me exercises to do at home. I was compulsive about doing them. Many people thought I had a nervous habit of squeezing my finger all day. The result was a positive one. My surgeon thought I would eventually need the finger fused by a second surgery. He figured that would take a few years. That was 29 years ago. My finger is still working well without pain. The difference was the physical therapy. There is a misconception that physical therapy is something that you do in an office from one to five days a week. That is not true. Physical therapy in the office is there to help you learn how to do your therapy at home. The more compulsive you are about the therapy at home, the better the result will be. Some people will skip the home therapy and will not understand why they have to have surgery. They are actually choosing surgery over doing physical therapy at home. Then after they have the surgery, they do not fully participate in doing their therapy at home. They do not understand why they did not have a better result from surgery. It has nothing to do with the surgery. It is purely their unwillingness to do what is necessary to get the best result. It is not a lot different than the professional athlete. Training helps motor memory so that it is easier to use the muscles. Training is similar to going to the weight room. It allows you to do other things. Training will make the office based therapy that much more successful. Anyone who feels that physical therapy is just something to be done in the physical therapy office is wrong. They are like the professional athlete who will not practice. They will be off the team very quickly.