Monthly Archives: May 2015

THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT OF ALL …

May 26, 2015

Senior Couple Enjoying Beach Holiday Running Down Dune

… is hearing recovery success stories from our patients.  Whether it’s in person, on Facebook, a patient survey, a phone call or a letter, we never tire of hearing how we were able to help you. We love knowing you are now able to walk without pain, or lift your grandchild again, or improve your swing on the golf course. We share in your joy and enthusiasm of returning to your lifestyle.  We say it in our mission statement and we sincerely believe it:   Our commitment is to get our patients, back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and BACK TO LIFE.

The highest compliment of all is sending your friends and family members to us when they need an orthopedic physician. Our patients are thrilled to learn that surgery is many times not their only option when they come to us.  We know you have choices, and when you choose SOA, it tells us you’ve placed your confidence and trust in us … THAT makes us proud. Thank you, we appreciate it!

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This entry was posted in on May 26, 2015 by sarasotaAdmin.

AN MRI EXAM IN COMFORT? NO WAY!

May 21, 2015

O-Scan-In-Use

 

An MRI exam (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) can be restricting, loud, and uncomfortable for some people. Others may even experience claustrophobia (fear of closed in spaces).

Now say “goodbye” to the traditional MRI when needing a scan of an extremity. SOA is pleased to announce our newest technology, the digital O-Scan Dedicated Extremity MRI. This new MRI is built ergonomically with patient comfort in mind while providing impeccably detailed imaging of a finger, hand, wrist, elbow, arm, toe, foot, ankle, leg, or knee. Only the extremity needing to be scanned is inserted into the MRI … your head and body remain outside the magnet on a comfortable bed. In fact, it’s so comfy and quiet, you may want to read a book or even nap!

The O-Scan MRI is offered at our Venice office, located at 435 Commercial Court. Visit our website HERE to learn more about Sarasota Orthopedic Associates facilities and our physicians.

This entry was posted in on May 21, 2015 by sarasotaAdmin.

EAT SMART TO MANAGE YOUR ARTHRITIS

May 15, 2015

arthritis hand Knee-Pain shoulder-pain

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we see so many patients of all ages with arthritis on a daily basis and unfortunately, it’s a condition most of us will eventually experience. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) published these alarming statistics:

  • 1 in 2 people will have osteo-arthritis by the time they reach 85 years of age
  • 2 in 3 people who are obese will experience arthritis in their lifetime
  • 1 in 4 will develop hip arthritis
  • 1 in 250 children under 18 years of age already have some form of arthritis
  • 50% of adults report having arthritis
  • By 2030, over 65 million people will have a physician diagnose them with arthritis

While there is no current cure, there are ways to relieve the inflammation and discomfort accompanying arthritis. The most important protocol you are able to control is diet.

Foods to avoid are sugar, alcohol, MSG, white carbohydrates, red meat, trans-fats (found in many packaged foods … read the labels!), tomatoes, and fatty acids (found in certain oils and dressings).

Your best diet to help contain inflammation should include ginger, walnuts, red bell peppers, carrots, beans, fish, fiber, watermelon, flax seed, apples, cherries, and berries. Read more here for more ways to manage your arthritis.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we have 3 locations with 12 physicians who are able to help you better manage and treat your discomfort from arthritis. We offer same day appointments. Click here to learn about our facility and physicians or, call us at 941-951-BONE to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted in on May 15, 2015 by sarasotaAdmin.

7 FEAR FACTORS OF FALLING

May 7, 2015

Senior businessman falling near caution sign in hallway

Accidental falls can happen for many reasons.  Sometimes they happen because we may be having a clumsy day or simply not paying attention.  Falls are the #2 leading cause of accidental deaths in the world. Falling is not limited to the aging process; toddlers learning to walk and even young children on playground equipment are candidates.  Most accidental falls occur for reasons we might be able to control:

  1. Certain medications may have side effects causing dizziness. Read the labels, check with your pharmacist, and most important, tell you doctor about all your medications including supplements.
  2. Poor balance may be caused by a number of things. Ear infections, low blood pressure, arthritis, and blurred eyesight are just some.
  3. Lack of activity allows muscles to atrophy; regular exercise, even daily walking helps keep muscles and bones strong and resilient. Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen.
  4. Improper footwear can contribute to a mishap. High heels put the body into imbalance. Flip flops contribute to multiple foot issues. Even poorly fitting sneakers can put you at risk.
  5. Safety at your workplace, school and home is important. Check for loose rugs, spills, poor lighting, and walkway hazards.
  6. If you’ve had a previous fall, you may have weakened a joint, muscle, tendon, or ligament. Proper physical therapy to strengthen a particular area may help avoid future falls.
  7. Finally, the aging process makes us more susceptible to accidental falls so it’s important to maintain a healthy diet, keep weight in check, reduce stress levels, and exercise regularly.

If you do fall, SOA is here to help you get back on your feet.  With 12 physicians in 3 locations, we are able to offer same day appointments.  We treat children as well as adults. Read more about our physicians HERE.

 

This entry was posted in on May 7, 2015 by sarasotaAdmin.