Paragon Orthopedic Newsletter for October is here!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the milk you drink, or should be drinking. Milk is a diverse drink these days, with some coming from plant-based sources, and the nutritional content of each one can vary greatly. Here is a summary of the more popular choices out there today. Don’t forget to make sure the calcium content is what you need to meet your daily requirement. Paragon Orthopedics is urging Southern Oregon to be educated and take charge of their personal health. Keep those bones strong!

Paragon Press October 2019

6 Surprising Non-Dairy Foods High in Calcium You Can Eat Every Day

There are some foods everybody seems to know are high in calcium, and most of them are in the dairy section. If you are looking for additional places to get your daily calcium, or you cannot tolerate dairy products, we’ve found some sources that might surprise you.
Kale has 180mg calcium per 2 cups chopped. Being rich in other vitamins and fiber, it’s a powerhouse of a veggie.
Fortified orange juice has 300mg per cup. This is right up there with the calcium content in milk, but make sure you check your nutrition facts to get the juice with this much calcium content.
Fortified oatmeal/cereals can have anywhere from 100-1000mg per cup. Whole-grain Total cereal has 1000mg per serving, which is among the highest in cold cereals. Even some of the sweeter cereals, such as Marshmallow Mateys by Malt-O-Meal, has 137mg per serving, which is 14% of your daily value. Again, check your label to see how much your breakfast cereal has. Sometimes a different brand of a similar cereal will get you more calcium.
White Beans contain 161mg per 1 cup cooked. Chickpeas and red beans hover right around 100mg in the same serving size.
Chia seeds with 179mg per 2T. should make you want to throw them into a variety of foods, from smoothies to oatmeal to even macaroni and cheese. They are virtually tasteless, but your bones will benefit.
Sesame seeds have 176mg in 2T, as well. You might be thinking you wouldn’t eat that many sesame seeds, but remember how you can use tahini, which is ground up sesame seeds, and easily get your daily dose. Tahini is found in many hummus dips, by the way.

Paragon Orthopedic Center cares about the bone health of everyone in Southern Oregon, wanting to help you avoid a visit resulting from weak bones. Our blog is dedicated to keeping you up to date and educated. Be smart about what you put into your body and get the most out of it by being informed!

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ACL Prevention Video featuring Dr. Rob Bents

Paragon Orthopedic Center is excited to debut Dr. Rob Bents’ video aimed at preventing ACL injuries in athletes.  He has come up with a program called Southern Oregon ACL Reduction, or SOAR.  Dr. Bents is heavily involved in youth athletics here in Southern Oregon and he is seeing too many young athletes sidelined by ACL injuries.  Coaches, parents, and athletes themselves would benefit from knowing these ACL exercises aimed at reducing these preventable injuries to otherwise healthy athletes.  We all need to work together to keep young athletes healthy and playing the games they love.

Gender matters in study about room temperature

A recent study earlier this year showed that women scored higher on tests in a room that was warmer, set between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and men performed better when the room was cooler, set below 70 degrees F.  This information can affect not only students, but people in your office as well.  How do you know where to set the thermostat in your workplace to get the most productivity out of your employees and still keep them comfortable?  It is a bit of a conundrum, since even the Occupational Health and Safety Administration won’t give an exact number.  We at Paragon Orthopedic Center try to keep our patients comfortable, and warmer seems to be better in an office where you have a healthcare provider examining you.  It is hard to please everyone, but we strive to keep you happy!

Read more about the scientific findings and application here:

Which milk is best for you?

There are many types of milks out there, from plant milks to cow’s milk.  The October Paragon Orthopedic Center newsletter will highlight some information about these milks.  Some of the facts might surprise you, and these facts might change your thoughts about what you choose for your diet.  Don’t miss it!

Should you apply ice or heat to that injury?

We all strain a muscle every now and then, or maybe you’ve injured a joint.  What’s the first thing you grab for relief?  The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think.  Learn about how heat and cold work to help you understand when each one is best used in our monthly newsletter.  And call the knowledgeable folks at Paragon Orthopedic Center if you are more concerned: 541-472-0603.

Paragon Press, September 2019

Superbug even more resistant to antibiotics for cigarette smokers

Cigarettes have had years of research to prove themselves to be hazardous to your health.  Here is one more reason to quit: cigarette smoke has been shown to make a certain bacteria, S. aureus, change its DNA at a faster pace.  The mutated cells can adapt to their harsh conditions and become very difficult to eliminate, meaning the usual arsenal of antibiotics won’t work on you.  It is easy to take the work of an antibiotic for granted, when the uncomfortable symptoms fade after only one or two days of the medication.  Try to imagine that your doctor cannot stop an infection that has started within your surgical site, jeopardizing your surgery.  About 30% of us carry S. aureus in our noses and it causes no problem, but within a surgical site it can cause a terribly difficult to fight infection.  Most orthopedic surgeons, including Paragon’s Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne, frequently refuse to do surgery on those who smoke because smoking impairs the immune system and the ability of the body to fight infection.  Bluntly said, surgeries on cigarette smokers frequently are failures.  With the new knowledge that a cigarette smoker has an even higher risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, you should stop today or encourage a loved one to quit.  Read more here:

Fractures happen; Paragon Orthopedic Center is here for you

Each year in the United States, there are about 7 million fractures that are seen by medical professionals.  If you consider the population of the US, that means everyone has approximately a 2% chance of breaking a bone in any given year.  The average person can expect to have 2 fractures in a lifetime, with men seeing a slightly higher chance than women of having a fracture.  Paragon Orthopedic Center wants to be your source of help if you ever have a fracture.  Did you know Paragon offers x-rays at a lower cost than ER’s or urgent care clinics?  Paragon Orthopedics is happy to take off some of the financial stress during this initial phase of injury investigation.  We care, and you will feel this from right from the start.  Call the caring staff at Paragon for your appointment now: 541-472-0603

Convenience is priority for patients at Paragon Orthopedic Center

When you have your first appointment at Paragon Orthopedic Center, you’ll need to fill out the usual first visit patient information forms.  Like all healthcare providers, we need to know some details about you before you are treated.  Did you know these are available online?  We would like to save you time and trouble by offering you the opportunity to copy these at home and have them filled out prior to your visit.  You can have your medications right in front of you, in the comfort of your home, as you fill out the current medications form.  You can read through the patient privacy form at your convenience and not be rushed.  There are many positive reasons for us to offer you these forms ahead of your visit with us.  Click on the link below and we look forward to seeing you soon!