Paragon Orthopedics response to COVID-19

Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass, Oregon is navigating the changes and unprecedented mandates set upon our world and healthcare, always keeping you, our patients, as our priority.  It has been very difficult for the staff to not be able to meet your needs, but we want to keep you as safe and healthy as possible.  Below is a summary of what our clinic is doing, in accordance with what Governor Kate Brown has deemed necessary.  Please know that we understand and share your frustrations.  Our clinic will be ready to return to business as usual as soon as we are told it is safe to do so.

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Paragon Orthopedic Center March Newsletter

Hot off the presses, the March newsletter is here from Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass , Oregon.  There are also copies in our waiting area for you to enjoy.  Learn a little about what to consider before having joint replacement.  Even if you are not undergoing this type of surgery, you might know someone who is.  Over one million people in the United States have joint replacement surgery every year according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.  Educate yourself for better health Southern Oregon!

Paragon Press, March 2020

Pregnancy and the body’s need for calcium

When a woman is pregnant, she needs to make sure she is taking not only enough calcium for her own body, but also for the developing baby inside her.  If the mother isn’t consuming enough calcium, her developing baby will draw calcium from the mother’s bones to meet its needs.  The good news is that a pregnant woman’s body absorbs calcium better than one who is not pregnant.  Paragon Orthopedic Center wants everyone to have strong bones, and since pregnant women have to do double duty, we want to educate you on the subject.  If you know a woman who is pregnant or are yourself, here is an article from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that more thoroughly explains the need and has some tips on calcium-rich food sources.

Coronavirus Hits Oregon

With all the news about the new virus, maybe you aren’t sure what is fact.  There is much unknown about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and it can be difficult to know what is truth and what is conjecture.  Oregon had the CDC declare its first case of coronavirus yesterday.  The other cases that have been reported are presumptive.  Even though it has had no direct effects on Paragon Orthopedic Center’s staff or patients, we use this blog to keep you informed and educated.  Here is a link to the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and frequently asked questions.  Know that we take measures throughout the year to cleanse and disinfect our clinic.  We have masks, gloves, and antibacterial lotion available.  Paragon wants you to feel safe and our staff are always willing to assist you with whatever your needs may be.  We know you come to us to be treated as a unique individual and not a number.  Thank you Southern Oregon for choosing Paragon Orthopedic Center!

Obesity’s effect on joint replacement

A new government study recently released showed that a whopping 42% of Americans are obese.  That is about 4 out of every 10 people.  Studies show obesity to have negative affects on surgeries.  The serious complications that happen in lean individuals are more likely the heavier you are.  Paragon Orthopedic Center has guidelines for joint replacement surgery in order for you to avoid complications and experience maximum benefits from it.  Obesity will not stop you from joint replacement surgery if you are motivated.  Each surgical plan is tailored to your health.  Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne take the job of having your surgery be successful very seriously, thoroughly discussing details with you for your individual plan.  Educate yourself on what the effects of obesity are and get encouragement about losing the weight.

Many Wait Too Long For Knee Replacement Surgery New Study Shows

A study this year in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) showed that a whopping 90% of the patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis, wait too long for a knee replacement.  That means many people are suffering with a lot of pain that could be resolved.  That pain keeps patients from many activites, which can lead to health problems and a vicious circle of weight gain.  Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne at Paragon Orthopedic Center see and treat many patients with knee osteoarthritis with high degrees of success.  Surgical improvements over the years have made the recovery time for knee replacement surgery much more appealing.  Dr. Bents has 80-85% of his knee replacement patients going home the same day of surgery.  If you are suffering from knee pain, take a step to get yourself assessed.  The surgeons at Paragon Orthopedic Center have many years of experience to tell you if now is the best time for knee surgery based on your individual assessment.  Even if you don’t need surgery, Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne offer some alternatives that can alleviate pain.  Call Paragon at (541)472-0603 for assistance.

Can Coffee and Cola Beverages Lead to Weaker Bones?

There is a link between weaker bones and consumption of coffee and cola drinks, but the reason is not clear.  It could be due to choosing these drinks over those high in calcium, such as milk.  It also could be that the phosphoric acid in colas leaches calcium out of your bones.  There also could be a link to the higher levels of caffeine found in these beverages.  The relationship is there, but more research is needed.  The bottom line is that you should assess whether you consume too much of these beverages, and whether you are consuming enough calcium.  Too much coffee or cola is not good for you, no matter what.  Try to get some calcium in every meal, every day.  To read more details about the link between weak bones and these beverages, as well as advice relating to the study results, this article from the Cleveland Clinic will give you more clarity:

Sodas, Tea and Coffee: Which Can Make Your Bones Brittle?

Coronavirus precautions at home and at Paragon Orthopedic Center

Paragon Orthopedic Center is taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously and is asking patients if they have recently been to China at check-in.  We want to do what we can to keep you and Southern Oregon safe.  As always, we practice stringent sanitary standards in our clinic and frequently wash our hands.  The Center for Disease Control is urging the public to do the same, saying that washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub is an active defense against its spread.  Make sure you do so for at least 20 seconds, which is about the same as singing “Happy Birthday” twice.  They also recommend avoidance measures, such as avoiding close contact with someone who appears ill, or avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Let’s work together to keep the coronavirus out of Grants Pass and Southern Oregon!  Read more advice and information about coronavirus here: