How is that New Year’s resolution going?

We here at the Paragon Orthopedic Center focus our blog on how to make you a better, healthier, smarter person.  Many of our posts focus on health matters, and your health really matters!  We want to take this moment to reflect on how all of us have managed our health, now that we’re halfway through the 2019 year.  Do you feel better about your health now than you did in January?  If you are on the right road, CONGRATULATIONS!  If you aren’t where you hoped you’d be, do not let this be a burden.  Mistakes are a lessons, not losses.  Learn from what you realize isn’t helping your health and make small, but important changes.  Please remember that the gradual changes are what can become part of your routine and in the long run result in great gains.  Most importantly, keep trying!

Making yourself more successful the fun way

There are some solid, good reasons why you should have outside interests that reach beyond what you do from 9-5.  You become a more interesting person, you become a resource, learning makes you mentally sharper, and it broadens your social group.  That last one is especially important in this digital age that doesn’t foster social interaction.  Find a hobby, and you might find yourself with greater success.  If you visit Paragon Orthopedics, take a look around and see some of the interests of the people who work there.  Dr. Van Horne and Dr. Bents share a glimpse of their passions in their patient rooms.  The fabulous people at Paragon have a passion for life that spills into their work.  You’ll feel that sense of happiness and caring throughout your visit.  The professionals at Paragon Orthopedic Center care about Southern Oregon.

Hobbies outside of work are the keys to your professional success

Need Surgery? Check out your local surgery center!

Outpatient surgery centers, such as the Grants Pass Surgery Center, offer patients a better option than a hospital for surgeries for four main reasons: 1-surgeries are often not as lengthy, 2-you have a shorter recovery time, 3-cost significantly less, and 4-the infection rate is cut in half at a surgery center.  You do have to qualify for surgery in this setting because surgery centers are not set up to handle overnight stays or specific complications.  These facilities offer highly specialized, highly personalized and efficient care by surgeons who are credentialed to operate at both the surgery center and the hospital.  Personalized care at less cost with statistically better outcomes? If you live in Southern Oregon, ask your surgeon if the Grants Pass Surgery Center is an option for you.  Both Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne at Paragon Orthopedic Center are happy to review the possibility of this for your individualized plan of care.  Here is an article for you to read additional information about surgery center benefits:

https://www.cfaortho.com/media/news/2017/06/the-benefits-of-outpatient-surgical-centers

Independence Day can be a dangerous day for your health

While there is an inherent danger when lighting anything on fire, some people get caught up in the fun of fireworks to realize the potentially hazardous consequences of them.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were five deaths in the United States last year that were directly related to fireworks.  Of the visits to the E.R. during the month surrounding the 4th of July in 2018, firecrackers were the main cause of injury.  Over half of the injuries to children under five were from sparklers.  Paragon Orthopedics wants our community to be aware of the dangers, yet still make great memories this holiday weekend.  Here are a few key tips to remember about fireworks:

  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish any problems quickly.  Brush can catch fire easily.
  • Never re-light a firework that didn’t function.  Soak it in water and throw it away.
  • Don’t discard used fireworks in a trash can/bin.  They could ignite the trash.  Better to put them in a bucket of water to fully extinguish the heat generated.
  • Don’t allow those who have consumed anything that would impair judgement to use fireworks.  Doing something carelessly in a moment can have life-long consequences.

You can read more from the CPSC and additional safety tips here:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2019/CPSC-Reminds-Consumers-to-Celebrate-with-Safety-This-Fourth-of-July-Season

If you are dairy-free, what are you eating to get enough calcium for your bones?

Most people are aware of the relationship between calcium and bone health.  Your bones need calcium to stay strong, and many folks immediately think of consuming dairy products to meet the need.   However, some people are becoming dairy-free, either by choice or a health need.  Where are the best sources of non-dairy calcium?  You might be surprised to see there are many tasty and appealing choices.  Here’s a quick list:

  • collard greens and spinach
  • figs-as much calcium as skim milk
  • beans
  • almonds
  • broccoli
  • soy beans or tofu
  • acorn squash

You can also read labels and look for foods that are calcium fortified, such as cereals and juices.  For more details, check out this article:

https://www.insider.com/calcium-rich-dairy-free-foods-to-build-strong-bones-2019-6#lots-of-common-foods-are-calcium-fortified-11

Dr. Jim Van Horne is making national headlines with his research on post-op pain relief using less opioids.  Dr. Van Horne performed all 645 surgeries used in the study right here in Grants Pass.  His findings could help you if you need orthopedic surgery in the future.  Paragon Orthopedic Center is proud of his efforts and passion to help patients have the best all-around surgical outcome possible.  Here is an article that details his amazing results:

Medicare Patients Use Less Opioids After EXPAREL: New Study

Why can’t I remember what my doctor told me?

You just spent a half an hour talking to your surgeon about your upcoming surgery.  Once you get home, you find yourself unable to remember what was said and cannot answer friends’ questions about the visit.  Paragon Orthopedic Center hears this a lot.  Why?  A few of the possible reasons are well-known: 1-anxiety, 2-older age, and 3-preconcieved ideas that are stuck in your brain.  Here are a few ways you can help yourself at the next healthcare appointment: 1-write out and bring questions with you, 2-ask the provider if it’s okay to take a few notes to help you remember during the discussion (but don’t make the provider wait for your note taking), 3-ask for handouts (if they aren’t provided), 4- bring a friend because four ears are better than two, and 5-keep your mind open as the conversation moves forward, trying not to stay focused on what was said in the last minute.  You can think through your personal details about how, where, and when later.  Paragon Orthopedics offers information and many videos to help you with information you might have missed during your appointment.
Click on the following to find:

patient education, videos, patient resources,  patient instructions, and more in our patient center.

Exercise-Related Transient Abdominal Pain; where is the pain?

People tend to call the pain in their side that arises during exercise a “side stitch.”  Did you know there is a medical term for this?  Exercise-related transient abdominal pain, or ETAP, is what that side pain while you’re exercising is technically called.  Despite a few studies on this, the causes prove to be too numerous and a standardized remedy cannot be found for all the causes.  The best advice is to run down the possible causes for your situation and try to correct them.  A few that might work are: not eating soon before your workout, check your posture during the activity, make sure you’re hydrated, and/or don’t drink too much before activity.  It can be incredibly frustrating, but if the pain does not go away when your activity ends, check in with a professional.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/when-you-get-a-stitch-in-your-side-what-s-really-going-on?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Are you learning anything?

Our blog is designed primarily to educate you, but what do you do with the newly found information?  Do you forget it?  Did you know you can cement it into your head more if you teach it?  This is called the Protege Effect.  You will also find the surgeons and staff at Paragon Orthopedics are very good at educating you, both at your visits and within our website, where you can find a multitude of patient education materials.  Once you learn it, share it with someone to educate them and make yourself a little smarter than you already are.

The Protégé Effect: How You Can Learn by Teaching Others