Monthly Archives: March 2017

MRI and X-Rays: Myths and Truth

March 28, 2017

MRI-Knee-Example  Xray-Left-Knee

First of all, what is the difference between an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image) and an X-ray (electro-magnetic wave of high energy with very short wavelength)?  The above image on the left is an MRI of a left knee.  The image on the right is an x-ray of a left knee. While they are both diagnostic imaging devices and equally important tools (in some circumstances) for your physician, there are important differences. X-rays are mainly used for evaluating detailed images of bones and sometimes diseased tissue. An MRI is better suited for evaluating soft tissue like tendons, ligaments, muscles, organs, etc. The MRI shows a series of “slices”, allowing abnormalities to be seen from varying angles.

X-Rays

Most X-rays are now digital, like the ones we use at SOA, a safer and more effective technology than the older “films”. The digital aspect also allows easy transport of the images onto a CD for sharing between physicians when needed. The digital x-ray results are immediately available to your physician at your appointment.

Dispelling a myth: Naysayers may have you believe that X-rays aren’t safe because of radiation. Fact is, we are surrounded by radiation on a daily basis and this is known as “background” radiation. The earth itself emits radiation and certain parts of the country, like Colorado, have higher radiation levels than areas near the coast at sea level. Frequent airline flyers receive more radiation than those who don’t fly. Surprisingly, the highest source of radiation is in our homes!

So how does that relate to when we need an x-ray at your orthopedic visit? A typical adult will receive a total dosage of 620 “millirem” each year from background, diet, industrial, and medical radiation with 50% coming from “background” radiation. Put that into perspective with a single hand or foot x-ray at 0.5, a very small amount. In fact, our food contains radiation and we ingest about 30 “millirem” a year just in our diets! Even a can of soda emits radiation.  An interesting website will evaluate your estimated annual radiation at https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/radiation/around-us/calculator.html

MRI

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we may utilize an MRI to provide a more comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of the soft tissue structures which are not seen on an x-ray. An MRI may identify a condition much faster than traditional methods, and allow you to receive more expeditious treatment. Our MRI services are readily available to our patients, however many physicians refer to us for scans other than orthopedic conditions because of our state-of-the-art technology. Our Signa HD 1.5 scanner is breakthrough technology with lightning speed and breathtaking image quality. We turn around studies in 24 hours and are many times able to schedule patients on a same day basis.

One of the more fascinating technologies is an extremity MRI, specifically for hand, wrist, elbow, knee, or foot. It’s a compact MRI device allowing the patient to rest outside the scanner, eliminating the magnetic “noise” close to your head! You may even read or nap during the exam. That extremity MRI is available for our patients as well as those referred from other offices.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, our mission is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life. Check out our website at www.SOA.md or call us at 941-951-2663 for more information. You may also schedule an appointment at the home page of our website.

Sources: SOA.md website; ICRP; ASRT; USNRC

This entry was posted in on March 28, 2017 by sarasotaAdmin.

FIVE AWESOME WEIGHT LOSS TIPS

March 13, 2017

biggest loser foods    biggest loser runs

If you’ve been following along, you know we are nearing the final weeks of our “Biggest Loser Challenge” here at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. Even though our task is coming to a close, we will continue to commit to our new lifestyle of healthy eating and staying fit. Many people have the false notion if they diet, they don’t need to exercise. This is a myth. Exercise is a critical component of weight loss and without it, your dieting may prove unsuccessful.

Here are some tips from Andrea in our Physical Therapy department to guide you through your new lease on life:

Losing weight too fast may halt metabolism and force the body into undernourishment mode and cause fat storage.

  •  You could do more harm when you try to lose weight by drastically cutting calories and going all out on cardio exercise. Constant over-exercise can stress the body and may lead to storage of body fat.
  • Skipping meals may also slow down metabolism and create a decline in the thyroid hormone T3, dopamine, and serotonin. This may increase food cravings and result in weight gain.
  • Try to limit cardio to 40 minute intervals and include short bursts of high intensity training with short rest breaks. Add strength training also to your routine 3 times a week.
  •  Include healthy fats, protein and carbs into each meal. Enjoy a “cheat” meal every 7 to 10 days to jump start your good hormones and keep your body from feeling deprived.

What are YOUR tips that guided you through a successful weight loss program? Share them with us!

As with any new exercise or diet program, always consult with your physician first to give you a “green light” on proceeding. A healthy weight, exercise, and nutritional diet all contribute to your orthopedic health. If you have concerns regarding your bones, muscles, tendons, joints, or spine, we are here to help.  At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we offer same day appointments at all our locations when needed. Please go to our website at www.SOA.md for more information.

This entry was posted in on March 13, 2017 by sarasotaAdmin.

Make Meatless Monday Memorable

March 6, 2017

meatless monday 2 meatless monday 3  meatless monday

No, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is not trying to turn you into a Vegetarian or Vegan. We ARE suggesting that cutting back on some of your meat intake could prove beneficial. Dani, in our call center, has some great suggestions here to help you keep Meatless Monday interesting and yummy:

Think about it … babies aren’t programmed to eat meat until we as a society program them to do so. Fatty red meat and processed meat with high saturated fat content may contribute to heart disease. Meat does provide protein, however protein can be obtained in plant based foods like these:

  • Lentils
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Nutritional yeast (go ahead and sprinkle some on your food)
  • Peanut butter
  • Steel cut oatmeal
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts

Once you realize how easy it is to substitute for meat it’s amazing what you can accomplish. Don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons and experiment with recipes. Here are a couple flavor packed ideas to get you started.

RED LENTIL CURRY

  • 3 TBSPS Canola Oil
  • 2 TBSPS Chopped fresh Ginger
  • 2 Cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 8 Scallions, sliced, white and green separated
  • 1 TBSP of curry powder
  • 4 Medium carrots (close to 8 oz) , chopped
  • 1 Large Russet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 Cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Naan bread and lime wedges for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ginger, garlic, and scallion whites and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the curry powder.
  3. Add the carrots, potato, lentils, broth, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the lentils and vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the curry with the scallion greens and serve with the naan and lime wedges.

 SPINACH ENCHILADAS

  • 1 TBSP butter
  • ½ Cup sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 package frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1 Cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • 2 Cups shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 Can (19 oz) of enchilada sauce
  • 10 corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook for a few minutes until fragrant, but not brown. Stir in spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat, and mix in ricotta cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time for about 15 seconds. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up, and place seam side down in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top, and add the remaining cup of Monterey Jack.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

See more recipes at: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/favorite-recipes/

A balanced diet and regular exercise will help contribute to achieving your healthy lifestyle goals.  Our staff at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is on a mission as a team to rethink how we eat. The SOA Biggest Loser Challenge began two months ago and we feel better already! For more about SOA, visit us at www.SOA.md.

This entry was posted in on March 6, 2017 by sarasotaAdmin.