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 www.gpsurgerycenter.com. 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

Natural remedies and their effects on a virus

Paragon Orthopedic Center put out their monthly newsletter for November to help you understand whether you might have a cold virus or the flu.  Catch it on our blog if you missed it.  Whether it’s a cold or the flu, you likely want something to help with all those nasty symptoms that viruses bring on our bodies.  Natural solutions are becoming more and more mainstream, but do they work?  Now we’d like to help Southern Oregon understand how medical professionals view a few of the popular natural remedies.  The three big ones are Vitamin C, echinacea, and zinc.  Most of the professional healthcare community likes to see scientific support in the form of research to know if a substance is reliably helpful and not going to adversely affect your health.  These 3 substances have thus far not proven themselves to remedy a cold.  The reputable Mayo Clinic gives us more information about what works and what doesn’t.  Read on:


Paragon Orthopedic Center in Favor of Hospital Disclosure of Prices

The government wants to force hospitals to disclose all of their prices, thereby giving the consumer more power to make educated choices regarding their healthcare.  You might ask yourself why the hospitals would be fighting this.  Do they have something to hide?  Paragon Orthopedic Center has pushed for consumers to have a choice in their healthcare and reduce out of pocket costs by supporting surgery centers.  Surgery centers frequently do the same surgeries at a fraction of the prices that hospitals charge.  Trying to compare prices right now requires the patient to do some extensive digging for a price comparison.  If the hospitals are forced to disclose this information, you will be able to more easily make an educated choice about your surgeries and health-related procedures.  Read more here from the Wall Street Journal:


Paragon Orthopedic Center’s Thanksgiving Advice: Only injure the turkey

Many gatherings for Thanksgiving include some activities that get you away from the dinner table.  We commend everyone who does this because physical activity is great, however we would like to warn you from overdoing it or pushing yourself to/past your limits.  The Emergency Room is not the place you want to spend any amount of time in on any holiday, so make sure you warm up, stretch your muscles, and/or take it easy as you go.  Don’t sprint down the field for a catch in the football game when you haven’t been running at all, avoid skiing down that slope without stretching when you haven’t skied since last March, and walk a little slower if the group is going around the block at a pace that makes you huff and puff.  Trying to keep up with others can also result in falls that might injure knees, hips, or ankles.  If you do experience pain, try ice and anti-inflammatory medication.  The RICE acronym is something recommended around Paragon: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  It’s a simple self-care technique to ease some of the discomfort, decrease swelling, and encourage healing.  Of course use common sense if a trip to see a healthcare provider is needed.  Happy Thanksgiving Southern Oregon from all of us at Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass!