Are you stretching Southern Oregon?

Paragon Orthopedic Center’s newsletter for January listed some knee stretches to help prevent injuries.  We leave copies in the waiting area at Paragon’s clinic on Ramsey Avenue here in Grants Pass, you can sign up to be on the email list when you’re in the office, or catch it here posted on the blog.  The staff at Paragon Orthopedic Center is sympathetic to your injuries and wants everyone to avoid injuries that bring you through the Paragon Orthopedic doors.  We want to remind you to take a few minutes before your activities to stretch and have those knees ready for the demands you make on them.

Air Pollution May Make Bones Weaker

Southern Oregon has seen more than its fair share of smoke-filled skies during the summer.  Most people understand the direct result of lung problems from breathing the smoke, but did you know it also can affect your bones?  A study has recently been published that shows how air pollution contributes to weaker bones.  Working with more than 3,700 people in India with an average age of 37.5 years, they found a consistent pattern of lower bone mineral content as the levels of air pollutants grew higher.  The worse the air, the weaker the bones became.  More research needs to be done to fully understand the relationship between smoke and bone health.  Read more here:

Paragon Orthopedic Center’s January newsletter is here for the good people of Southern Oregon.  This month we are featuring valuable information about your knees.  Paragon Orthopedics sees so many knee injuries from winter sports that Dr. Bents wants people to be aware of the stretches you can do to prevent injuries.  Knee injuries can have a large impact on your daily life and take months for recovery, so prevention is big.  Take a moment to read and learn a few stretches to continue doing the things you love.

Paragon Press, January 2020

Pickleball and the Possible Dangers

Around Grants Pass and Southern Oregon, a new sport is being seen and is quickly increasing in popularity.  Pickleball is a game similar to tennis, but using a smaller court and a smaller racquet.  Some people describe it as a mix of tennis, ping pong, and badminton.  The smaller court size appeals to older people who have trouble getting around a large tennis court.  The action is faster on a smaller playing area and you can play it for a good, fun workout.  Pickleball has become so popular that at least one set of tennis courts in Grants Pass has been converted into pickleball courts.  With more people discovering this fun, new game, doctors are seeing a downside.  The rise in popularity has caused clinics like Paragon to see more playing injuries.  Check out this article that discusses the injuries, as well as ways to avoid them.  The January newsletter for Paragon Orthopedic Center, The Paragon Press, is coming out this week and will specifically focus on ways you can prevent knee injuries, so stay tuned for that!

In a Pickle with Injuries?

Kicking off the year with good bone health

Healthy is the buzz word for the New Year.  A healthy start, healthy bodies, healthy food choices are just some of the headlines.  Don’t forget healthy bones and to give them some TLC.  If you’re hoping for a long life, you will want your bones to give you the support you need in older ages.  Here is an article put out by the Mayo Clinic that helps you understand why bone health is important and gives you some tips to have healthy bones.  Paragon Orthopedics uses a variety of methods to help Southern Oregon stay healthy.  In addition to all that the Paragon Orthopedic Center staff do, look for our January Paragon Press newsletter coming out soon and follow our blog.  We want 2020 to be a great year for all, so keep yourself informed!

Got cookies? Don’t forget to wash them down with a glass of milk for some calcium!

Christmastime usually means seeing more cookies and sweets at gatherings.  Paragon Orthopedic Center wants to remind everyone to continue to get enough calcium, and cookies go down nicely with milk.  An 8-ounce cup of cow’s milk, no matter what the percent fat, has about 300mg.  An average adult needs 1,000mg calcium/day.  Don’t forget to keep up on your calcium to keep those bones strong this holiday season Southern Oregon!

Sincerely, Paragon Orthopedic Center.

New research encouraging patients to drink fluids until 2 hours before surgery

Following up on our Paragon Orthopedic Center December newsletter about being NPO before surgery, renowned orthopedic surgeon Michael Ast recently noted the importance of drinking clear liquids up until 2 hours prior to surgery.  His talk regarding this information took place today, December 13th, at a national orthopedic surgeon’s meeting in Las Vegas.  Continuing to hydrate with clear liquids right up until that two hour mark helps avoid the lightheadedness, nausea, and vomiting that can occur when the body is dehydrated.  When you are well hydrated, you will be more successful at getting out of bed postoperatively.  Physical therapy will be more successful and a complete, timely recovery/discharge is more reliable.  All around, the benefits of staying up on your clear liquids until two hours before your surgery time are going to help make your surgery successful.  Both Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne keep up with the latest research, but if your healthcare provider isn’t mentioning that you can drink clear liquids up to 2 hours before surgery, you should further inquire.  You are your best advocate!

Grants Pass Surgery Centers Offers Lower Prices. Period.

If you read our blog about being NPO before surgery, you will hopefully have a better understanding about the reasons for being NPO and be able to ask educated questions of your surgeon.  We know surgery is expensive.  Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne at Paragon Orthopedics are very proud to offer patients a lower cost alternative.  The Surgery Center here in Grants Pass, Oregon receives rave reviews for being more personalized and efficient for a variety of surgeries AND procedures that go beyond bones.  The cost is lower because of the manageable size to give you care that focuses on you as the patient and not treat you as a number.  You will feel how caring the staff are and enjoy the excellence they practice from beginning to end.  It is great that we have this option here in Grants Pass.  Always ask your surgeon if the Grants Pass Surgery Center is an option for you and feel free to call for a quote, or try the online comparison at You will likely find it is hundreds of dolllars less.  It’s over on Hawthorne Avenue and the number is 541-472-4880.

December Paragon Press newsletter

N.P.O.  Do you know what those letters mean?  Paragon Orthopedic Center is always striving to educate you and give you clarity on an array of health-related topics.  This month, we want you to more fully understand why you have to fast prior to your surgery, plus we have some tips on how to endure it a little easier.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays Southern Oregon!  Just click and enjoy!

Paragon Press, December 2019

How much Vitamin D are you getting?

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphorous.  Do you know how much you’re getting?  We get Vitamin D from the sun’s rays, foods, sometimes fortified, and supplements.  Sometimes you can be at risk if you don’t get out in the sunlight and research finds that even if you’re consuming fortified foods, you still might not be getting enough from your diet.  Discuss whether or not you’re getting enough with your healthcare provider.  Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne are able to answer your questions when you visit Paragon Orthopedic Center.  Read more from the Mayo Clinic here:

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vitamin D — too much or too little can lead to health problems