What is a Healthcare Consumer?

Here we have the modern, more empowered words for “patient” in the year 2021: healthcare consumer.  Patients are now in an era of making decisions to direct their healthcare instead of the doctor always knowing what is best.  For some, this is a bewildering thought because a doctor’s authority can be comforting.  After all, they spent the years in medical school and read the scientific literature.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explores this concept and the psychological principals on which we make our decisions.  Do you choose your doctor based on likeability, or do you go by the number of successful outcomes they have?  It is a worthy read to help you understand your expectations of the healthcare visit before you get there and think about your own desires to be an active participant in the decisions that might need to be made.  You will find all of our staff at Paragon Orthopedics ready to help you with questions as you go.  Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne believe your visit is a partnership to give you the best outcome.  Click here to read the full article:

Can Patients Decide Their Own Care? – WSJ

Can the weather affect your arthritis?

Southern Oregon is seeing the weather take a dramatic turn toward cooler fall temperatures and wetter forecasts.  Dr. Bents at Paragon Orthopedics has many patients who claim the colder weather makes their arthritis worse, or even that they can predict the weather based on how their joints feel in the morning.  Does research back this up?  The short answer based on the research is no, and it is an astounding amount of data, but keep your mind open.  More than 11 million medical visits that happened on more than 2 million rainy days and 9 million dry days say there is no link between weather and achy joints.  So, does research matter when your personal experience tells you the opposite?  Harvard Medicine has an article with an intriguing answer to this question and helps you understand our memory better.  The article points out how facts aren’t always the end of the story.  Read more here:

Does weather affect arthritis pain? – Harvard Health

Winter Health: Fact or Fiction

Sometimes it is good to keep it light, so on this beautiful fall day in Southern Oregon, we are having some fun.  WebMD goes over some everyday health facts and myths.  Can you get a cold from being cold?  Can antiperspirants cause breast cancer?  Are multivitamins a must for good health?  If I “crack” my knuckles, will I have arthritis?  Read here to find out the answers to these questions and more:

10 Health Myths Debunked (webmd.com)

Paragon September Newsletter Coming Out Tomorrow!

Here is a sneak peek snippet of what you will learn in our newsletter.  An article from Harvard Medicine discusses the importance of stretching.  You might think you learned everything you need to know in gym class, but you might be surprised to learn what you were taught then is not what is being taught today.  Research shows there is a better way to stretch.  Read the newsletter right here tomorrow to learn the correct ways to stretch and hopefully prevent yourself an injury and a whole lot of trouble.  This article will get you warmed up, and  Paragon Orthopedics is ready to give you the full story tomorrow.

The importance of stretching – Harvard Health

What To Do When Your Knees Balk The Walk

Have you ever wondered if you shouldn’t go for a walk because your knees ache?  Do you know how to protect your knees when you go for a walk?  We’ve found an article with 12 tips to help keep you walking, even if you have sensitive knees.  Paragon Orthopedics Center thinks you will find it encouraging because it offers many solutions to the concerns many people with knee aches have.  Don’t let a sensitive knee stop you from getting the exercise you need, especially during this beautiful fall weather we are experiencing in Southern Oregon.  From choosing the right shoe, to the right walking surface, to finding the right time of day to walk, this article has many helpful tips.

12 Tips for Walking When You Have Sensitive Knees (verywellfit.com)

After the Car Jacking in Grants Pass Tuesday, Do You Know How Not to Be a Victim?

Even though Southern Oregon does not see many car jackings, it is good to know how to prevent one and how to survive one if it happens to you.  You might think you are already careful, but what if when you pulled into your driveway, someone pulled up behind your car to trap you while another person approached your car to take it?  Criminals think of ways to trap you where you might have no option but to surrender your vehicle and belongings.  Remember, nothing you own is worth your life.  Here is an article that is a quick read, goes over statistics about car jackings, and has great bullet points for you to consider.  Some of the articles out there seem written to instill fear, so we chose an article that educates and empowers the reader.  Paragon Orthopedics Center wants to keep Southern Oregon safe.  Please take a few minutes to educate yourself, and then go educate others.

How to Survive (and Prevent) a Carjacking | The Art of Manliness

Car Jacking in Grants Pass Last Night, 9/14/21

Sometimes we can feel Southern Oregon is immune to big city problems, but hearing about the violent car jacking of an elderly couple in Grants Pass on Tuesday is a wake-up call to always be alert.  KDRV in Medford recently put out a press release with a picture of the suspect who is in custody.  Paragon Orthopedics Center would like to express our deep gratitude for all the emergency responders who helped get this suspect into custody.   Here is a link to the very recent article about the incident:

Police identify suspect in Grants Pass carjacking and high-speed chase through Siskiyou County (kdrv.com)

Use of Fetal Cells for COVID Vaccine

There has been a lot of misinformation spread nationally about whether or not the COVID vaccines contain fetal cells or if fetal cells were used in the development of them.  This might have resulted in some people refusing a vaccine based on false information, or passing along information as fact when the opposite was true.  A well-researched document about this has been compiled by North Dakota Health.  It is an easy read that goes over the rumors and states the facts, with links to factual sites to back up what is said.  Knowing the facts about fetal cells use, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated, “…being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good.”  The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has also deemed the vaccines as morally acceptable.  The article also helps you understand how the cells are used and reviews the backgrounds of each individual vaccine that has been offered here in the U.S.  It is an excellent read for the facts.  Paragon Orthopedics Center encourages you to click below to educate yourself, then educate your friends and family  Let’s get the facts out there.
COVID-19_Vaccine_Fetal_Cell_Handout.pdf