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:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2228960-air-pollution-exposure-may-make-our-bones-become-weaker/

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!

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/bone-health/art-20045060