A SLAP Isn’t Something To Laugh About At Paragon

In orthopedic terms, a SLAP is not a friendly pat on the back.  It is an injury frequently seen in patients who have been throwing hard, such as a baseball pitcher, or for prolonged periods, which could be from overuse or over time with age.  The diagnosis is a SLAP lesion, standing for Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior.  The name indicates its anatomic location going front to back.  The Paragon Orthopedic Center website has a three-dimensional video that helps understand the diagnosis and surgery that is required, step by step.  There can be some serious long-term consequences for not getting this injury repaired in a timely manner, such as shoulder instability, decreased range of motion, and chronic pain.  Click here to learn more and view the video:


If You Drink Hot Beverages, You Might Be Putting Yourself at Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Some like it hot.  A study of over 50, 000 people who drank about 3 cups of hot tea a day at temperatures 140 degrees or greater showed a 90% greater chance of having esophageal cancers.  This study was focused on tea drinkers, and further studies have not been done on coffee, but it might be a reason to let that coffee, or any other hot drink, cool down a bit before you consume it.  It is noted in other medical research that drinking hot tea on its own does not cause the cancer, but if you have other risk factors, such as smoking or drinking alcohol, they raise your chances for esophageal cancer.  Here is an article that tells you the symptoms of esophageal cancer, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.  More details can be found here, including a link to the study of those 50,000 tea drinkers, and a link to the other medical research of those risk factors with hot tea consumption:


Make Sure Your Healthcare Data is Safe

Cyber crimes seem to top the headlines weekly.  Have you considered whether your healthcare data is safe?  U.S. News and World Report has a checklist for you.  Click on the article below to access their 11 strategies for keeping your data safe.  A big tip to remember for any website where you are sharing sensitive information is to look for “https” in the web address.  The “s” stands for secure.  If there isn’t an “s” on the end of the http, then that means it isn’t secure.  For example, you will always see the https letters on banking websites.  The same should go for paying healthcare bills on the internet and if you communicate with your healthcare provider virtually.  We at Paragon Orthopedic Center are sure to do what we can to protect you and never share data with researchers or third parties.  Read more to keep yourself as safe as possible on the internet:


Los Angeles County Mask Mandate Return May Signal A Spreading Problem

As of a minute before midnight on Saturday, the county that is home to our nation’s second largest city will wear their masks again while indoors, even if they have been vaccinated.  The reason:  six days in a row of over 1,000 new Covid cases each day and nearly 400 people have been hospitalized as of Wednesday.  On Thursday, more than 1,500 cases were reported.  These cases include Covid-19 and the Delta variant.  Again, our most effective weapon against this spread is the vaccine:  only 0.09% of the new cases were people who had been vaccinated.  Read more here:


What Does It Mean When My Joints Make Popping Sounds?

Have you wondered if that clicking noise in your ankle means something awful is going on in there?  Does your hip click when you get up from sitting?  Does your shoulder pop when you raise your arm?  Read the Paragon Orthopedics Center July Newsletter to understand what those noises mean and whether it might be a good idea to schedule a visit at our clinic.

Paragon Press, July 2021