Why Women Are More Prone to Knee Injuries

Paragon Orthopedic Center sees more women than men for knee injuries, and that is not uncommon.  Women are 2 to 8 times more likely to have problems with their knees compared to men.  The main reasons for this are:

  • Anatomy– Because a woman’s hips are wider, there is a tapering at the knee, causing most women to be slightly knock-kneed.  This imbalance of weight puts more pressure on the inside of the knee, which can lead to injuries.
  • Hormones-Estrogen causes women’s ligaments to be more relaxed, which can lead to injuries of the ACL and MCL ligaments.
  • Muscle development-Women tend to develop quadriceps dominance, which leaves the hamstrings weaker, and this imbalance can lead to ACL injuries.

Read more details about what you can do for yourself or the women in your life, and how to treat knee pain here:
Why Do Women Have More Knee Pain Than Men? | NJSO (njspineandortho.com)

May Birthday Celebration at Paragon!

Happy birthday to our only May birthday at Paragon Orthopedic Center, Marcia!  If you’ve had an x-ray at Paragon, you’ve likely met Marcia, our x-ray technician extraordinaire for the last 5 years. She loves coffee, so it was only fitting to celebrate with a chocolate-coffee cake, replete with a fudgy mocha filling and a cappuccino Swiss meringue frosting, then topped with a chocolate ganache drip and chocolate covered coffee beans.  Happy birthday Marcia!

The May Paragon Orthopedic Center newsletter went out today!  Sign up for it to be delivered right to your email box the next time you’re in the clinic.  Sign up slips are in the waiting area, along with copies of the May newsletter while they last!  This month, we are discussing physical therapy’s part in orthopedic surgical post-op care and non-surgical injury recovery.

Paragon Press, May 2022

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Month and Here is Why We Celebrate

Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to bring awareness to May being the Asian American & Pacific Islander month.  Our own Dr. Rob Bents is proud of his Japanese heritage.  The purpose of designating the month is to recognize the contributions of its peoples, as well as taking a moment to understand how we as a country have improved how they have been treated over the years.  Did you know that at one point, our country banned all Chinese women from entering the country, assuming they were all prostitutes?  This was the Page Act of 1875.  There was the inhumane internment of Japanese people into camps during World War II, several exclusion Acts enacted in our country, and even current xenophobia that goes on toward those of Asian descent.  We are raising awareness and making our country better by celebrating Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and instilling pride.  We are the United States of America, where all are created equal.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Facts 2022 (rd.com)

Welcome Gordo Hart!

The Daily Courier newspaper in Grants Pass featured the newest member to the Paragon Orthopedic Center team, Gordo (as he prefers to be called) Hart! Make sure you tell him hello when you visit the clinic!

Gordon Hart, PA-C is a nationally-certified physician assistant specializing in orthopedic surgery. He is originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada and graduated from Arizona School of Health Sciences with a master’s in Physician Assistant studies. He is known in the clinic for his excellent bedside manner and patient care.
Prior to becoming a PA, Gordon had a long career in professional hockey
and served as the head athletic trainer for the National Hockey League
Phoenix Coyotes (10 years) and the Winnipeg Jets (3 years).
An avid sports enthusiast, Gordon was also an outstanding athlete in his own
right. He was a team captain of the Canadian National Championship hockey
team at Mount Royal College. He and his wife Angela are relocating here
from Vail, Colorado and his interests include mountain biking, hiking,
camping and fly fishing. He is excited to join Dr. Bents in treating patients of all ages from throughout Southern Oregon!

Which is Better: Sea Salt or Table Salt?

Sea salt is popping up in recipes for everything from savory to sweet.  Have you wondered what the differences between the two are?  The main differences are found in texture, taste, and processing.  Table salt comes from mines and in processing, has the natural minerals removed.  Sea salt is from evaporated seawater, which results in a high mineral content and is the source of its unique flavor.  The mineral content found in sea salt is minimal and you are better off finding the minerals you need from other food sources.  The sodium content of both is the same: 40% by weight.  When compared by volume, since sea salt may have larger crystals, you might have more volume with the table salt because more crystals are present.

If you are concerned about your sodium intake, this article from the Mayo Clinic has a list of salt substitutes to help you cut down on salt in meals.  To name a few of these flavor boosters: rosemary, garlic, lemon, and dry mustard.  Find more suggestions here:
Is sea salt healthier than table salt? – Mayo Clinic Health System

Can Sandwich Meat Kill You?

Dovetailing on our recent blog about hot dogs, we’re taking a closer look at cold cuts, which are considered processed meat like hot dogs and bacon.  Consumer Reports did a deep dive into cold cuts and we think some of it will surprise you.  Nitrates or nitrites are used in cold cuts, which are known carcinogens.  They preserve and flavor the meat and are known to increase the risk of cancer.  You might think grabbing the sandwich meat labeled “no nitrates” might be a better choice, but the preservatives used to substitute the nitrates, such as celery, convert to the same compounds that cause cancer.  Their chemical composition is exactly the same and so are the health effects.  Cold cuts have other health concerns, such as coloring agents, high sodium levels, and potential listeria contamination that has been known to cause death.  This Consumer Reports article evaluates each of these and how they affect your health, with easy-to-read comparative graphs.  Are they telling you to stop eating cold cuts?  No.  They are letting you know the risks and that there is no safe level of consumption of these meats.  Make wise choices to have the best health possible Southern Oregon!

Danger at the Deli – Consumer Reports

Which Is a Better Choice: Hot Dog or Hamburger?

It is that time of year in Southern Oregon when people are uncovering the barbeques and thinking about dinner outside with your feet in the grass.  Hot dogs and hamburgers are top picks for American grills, but have you ever wondered from a nutritional standpoint which is better for you?  NBC uncovers some facts you likely haven’t considered and will find very interesting.  They give you a rundown of hamburger and hot dog nutrition facts, both naked and with all the accoutrements.  The worrisome part of hot dogs is the nitrates they contain, which are known carcinogens.  On the other hand, hamburgers are made with red meat and that has been found as a probable carcinogen.  In the end, both can be considered winners.  From a caloric standpoint, the hot dog is the winner.  See the article for a breakdown of the numbers.  Hamburgers come in first from an overall perspective, having more protein (about six times more than a hot dog) and thus helping you feel fuller longer.

Which is healthier: A hot dog or hamburger? (nbcnews.com)

Vegetable Planting Time!

It is getting sunnier and warmer here in Southern Oregon.  Nurseries and even grocery stores are putting out racks of plants, tempting passersby to start on those summer gardens.  The National Gardening Association has a website, garden.org.  On this website, they have a Medford/Southern Oregon-specific guide to tell you when you should plant which types of vegetables, both by seed and seedling.  This helpful article tries to set you up for success, telling you why it might be best to start your seeds indoors first (and you’re too late to start by seed indoors in late April), how you need to know your soil temperature, when to plant direct seed or seedlings, and lays out strategies to set you up for bountiful success.  Save yourself some money, time and frustration by knowing the optimal times to plant.  Read more here:
When to Plant Vegetables in Medford, OR – Garden.org