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When Should You Get an Eye Exam?

By: Meg Irish

Ever wonder how often you should get an eye exam, just for general good health?  According to TPMG board certified ophthalmologist Anthony DeRosa, MD, the guidelines vary dependent on age.

Eye Care during Childhood and Adolescence

For children, the recommended age for visits to an eye doctor include at birth, between six and twelve months, at three years of age, before the child is ready to enter school, and then again in their early teens.

Parents should place just as much importance on pediatric eye care as they do on routine vaccinations and pediatric development visits. Generally, infants need to have their first office eye exam at six months of age. During an exam, the eye doctor will check for a family history of eye disease, observe the child’s eye movements, and examine the child’s eyes to look for any discharge or signs of infection.

“Eye conditions can be corrected if caught early,” said DeRosa. “A few signs that your child should get an eye exam immediately include the child’s eyes do not move together, they have difficulty focusing on objects close up, or are exhibiting poor visual tracking,” said Dr. DeRosa. Read more

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Are You at Risk for de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

wrist painBy: Meg Irish

Many of us do not expect to have aches and pains in our hands, but one condition, de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, commonly affects women more often than men. At times called “mommy’s wrist” as the condition frequently occurs in moms with newborns. However, this condition has been described widely across all genders and ages.

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition of the wrist where the tendons to the thumb, which cross the wrist, become inflamed and the soft tissue tunnel thickens. Initial signs of discomfort include radial sided, or thumb-sided, wrist pain, popping when moving the thumb, and numbness or swelling of the thumb. The pain often increases when gripping or rotating the wrist. Read more

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The Importance of Adequate Sleep in Your Teen’s Health

By: Meg Irish

Ever wonder why your teenager is habitually grouchy when they come home from school? Rather than just a bad day, it could be a lack of sleep. Most teenagers are not getting an adequate amount of sleep each night, which can lead to many health and behavior problems.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends teenagers 13 to 18 years of age sleep eight to ten hours a night during this critical stage of growth and development. We know that there can be long-term impacts associated with poor sleep, which include a higher risk for obesity, diabetes, enlarged tonsils, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior. Read more

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Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Athletes

By: Meg Irish

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, there’s no doubt you are more susceptible to injury, particularly foot and ankle injuries. This can be a hard pill to swallow for athletes limiting their ability to run, jump, and even walk.

When our feet aren’t able to effectively pick up the load, other structures and tissues are bound to compensate, which sets the stage for injury. Our feet serve as the foundation for the rest of our body. Ensuring they are functioning properly plays a vital role in performance and health. Often athletes unwittingly sacrifice their feet, setting themselves up for injury. Here are a few of the most common foot and ankle problems to watch for and preventative measures to keep you in the game.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury and is linked to athletes who perform sports with repetitive action or abrupt motion, such as tennis, soccer, or dance. This causes intense strain on the tendon and will result in inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Treatment for this condition varies depending on severity. For moderate injuries, Sara E. Zelinskas, DPM, ABFAS of TPMG Foot and Ankle in Virginia Beach recommends the following treatments: heel lift, night splint, and physical therapy to help reduce inflammation and strengthen the affected area. Read more

Local Hand Surgeon Joins TPMG Orthopedics Division

Newport News, VA, May 29, 2019 – TPMG is pleased to welcome local hand surgeon Nicholas A. Smerlis, MD, FAAOS, CAQSH, to their Orthopedics division as of June 3, 2019.

Dr. Nicholas Smerlis, Hand  Surgeon

Nicholas A. Smerlis, MD, FAAOS, CAQSH

Dr. Smerlis is widely recognized as the premier hand surgeon in our area, and we are thrilled to have his expertise joining the TPMG family.

“As TPMG continues to grow we’re excited to welcome Dr. Smerlis to our team to meet the demands of our community,“ said Scott J. Banning, MD, President of TPMG. 

“This is an exciting time for TPMG and TPMG Orthopedics. Shane McGowan, MD will also be joining the practice in September as a fellowship trained spine surgeon,” said David Warren, CEO of TPMG. 
These two exceptional surgeons will join a robust practice of talented physicians and help to create a comprehensive Orthopedic practice offering the best care in Southeastern Virginia. 
Dr. Smerlis is a board certified orthopedic hand surgeon specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He is board certified in both General Orthopaedics and Hand Subspecialty by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. Read more