Monthly Archives: February 2019

Orthopedic Group Wins Multiple Honors

February 25, 2019

360-ORTHOPEDICS is a proud to announce they have received muliple awards from the Heraled Tribune  Readers’ Choice poll of 2019. The group took 1st place in Sarasota and Venice for the following categories.

  • Best Orthopedists
  • Best Physical Therapy
  • Best Pain Management
  • Best Foot & Ankle Care

Additionally, the group was a Finalist in those same categories for Manatee County.

360-ORTHOPEDICS has served the community for over 40 years both professionally and philanthropically with their community support of local non-profit groups. Delivering comprehensive care for the entire musculoskeletal system, 360-ORTHOPEDICS provides X-Ray, MRI, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, and Regenerative Therapy along with multiple ancillary services. The group accepts most insurance benefits and works closely with worker compensation coverage providers.
360-ORTHOPEDICS has three locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, and the group is able to accommodate same day and next day appointments for urgent conditions. The commitment of 360-ORTHOPEDICS is to get patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

This entry was posted in on February 25, 2019 by sarasotaAdmin.

Orthopedic Group Supports Two Upcoming Non-Profit Events

February 20, 2019

Sarasota, FL, February 20, 2019 360-ORTHOPEDICS will once again partner with two local non-profit organizations in raising money and awareness for each group. 360 Orthopedic supports several local non-profit organizations throughout the year in their commitment of giving back to the community. This will be the third year in a row that 360-ORTHOPEDICS will sponsor the signature events of Nate’s Honor Sanctuary and Southeastern Guide Dogs.
On Saturday, March 9th, 360-ORTHOPEDICS will help underwrite the 10th annual “Ponies for Pups” Charity Polo Match to benefit Nate’s Honor Sanctuary, a no-kill animal shelter in Lakewood Ranch. The event will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Grounds with gates opening at 11am and game beginning at 1:00 pm. Information and tickets for general admission and tailgating may be reserved at www.nateshonoranimalrescue.org.
The following weekend on Saturday, March 16th at 8:00 am, the 360-ORTHOPEDICS team “Woof Pack” will join the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk-a-thon at Benderson Park. SEGD raises, trains, and provides guide dogs at no cost to sight impaired individuals as well as veterans with PTSD. To donate or join the team, go to www.guidedogswalkathon.org/soa-woof-pack.
360-ORTHOPEDICS delivers comprehensive orthopedic care in three locations at Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, FL. Same day and next day appointments are available to accommodate urgent care conditions. The mission of 360-ORTHOPEDICS is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life. Learn more at www.SOA.md or by calling 941-951-BONE.

This entry was posted in on February 20, 2019 by sarasotaAdmin.

A PHYSIATRIST: Taking a Look at the Big Picture

February 18, 2019

physiatrist

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians known as physiatrists (fizz-EYE-ah-trist) are medical doctors who have graduated from medical school and have completed 4 years of residency training. The specialty is a very small one beginning with WWII when many military personnel returned home with various disabilities from the war.  Over time the specialty has grown and now board certified physiatrists care for those with amputations, stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury, including concussions.

In addition to these conditions, physiatrists may also have sub-specialty certification in the management of sports medicine injuries.   While they complement orthopedic surgeons in their care, they do not perform surgery, preferring to treat the injured athlete utilizing the most effective research-based non-surgical care.  In addition physiatrists do not limit their care to only one area of the musculoskeletal system but instead focus on the interaction of how one link in the kinetic chain may affect the rest of the problem (i.e., “the shin bone’s connected to the knee bone” philosophy).  For instance an overhead athlete such as a tennis player with recurrent shoulder pain may have inflexibility to their hamstrings or weakness of the hip muscles as the underlying issue.  Similarly, a runner with knee pain may have difficulty with absorbing shock due to ankle and calf mobility issues.

While an athlete’s history and examination will often determine the cause of an athletes’ condition, a physiatrist will often utilize musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) to examine the injured area.  Musculoskeletal US, much like that used to examine a pregnant woman, is able to use sound waves to determine if any ligaments, muscles, or tendons have been sprained or torn.  Unlike MRI, claustrophobia is not a problem using US and the patient can actively move the injured tissue to give a dynamic picture to the physiatrist.  This allows the physiatrist a glimpse as to what is happening at the tissue level. In this way they are better able to give an athlete a more accurate diagnosis as well as guide appropriate therapy.

360-ORTHOPEDICS believe in treating the whole person so you can get back on your feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.  We have three convenient locations and are able to accommodate same/next day appointments.

Paul Lento, MD is a Fellowship Trained / Triple Board Certified PM&R physician with a subspecialty in sports medicine. He specializes in the non-surgical treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions to determine if the problem is mechanical, inflammatory, or degenerative.

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This entry was posted in on February 18, 2019 by sarasotaAdmin.

TUESDAY TRIVIA ORTHOPEDIC POP QUIZ – How Much Do You Know?

February 12, 2019

SKELETON THINKING

Let’s have some fun today and see if you can answer these questions.  Answers below…no peeking!

  1. Does cracking your knuckles increase your risk of arthritis?
  2. Should you put ice or heat on an injury?
  3. What’s the #1 condition experienced by seniors?
  4. How many years of education does it take to become a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon?
  5. What’s the reason for most visits to the emergency room?

answers

  1. While the sound of cracking knuckles can be particularly annoying to some people, truth is, contrary to popular myth, that it does not increase your chances of developing arthritis. It does, however, increase chances of minimizing your grip strength over time. The popping sound you hear is merely nitrogen releasing from the liquid in your joints. That liquid helps to lubricate your joints and keep them moving. If you experience pain with the popping, see an orthopedic hand specialist.
  2. Trick question! The answer is both. Using ice at the beginning of an injury will assist in reducing swelling. After swelling subsides, heat will help to increase blood flow to the injury and may reduce discomfort. When pain is not alleviated, consult your physician.
  3. The most common complaint among the elderly is arthritis and over 50% of seniors experience discomfort from this chronic condition. Unfortunately, arthritis is part of the aging process, however, there are many simple remedies such as NSAIDS and exercise to alleviate the associated discomfort. There are more options for more aggressive pain. As with any condition causing pain, a visit to your physician is warranted.
  4. It typically takes 14 years of education to become a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. The requirements are 4 years of an undergraduate degree, 4 in medicine, 5 in a residency program, and 1 in fellowship. That’s a lot of education and it ensures you’re in good hands!
  5. Most emergency room visits are from falls and injuries. Sports injuries are common among youth sports participants, weekend warriors, professional athletes, and even “DYI” homeowners. Falls are particularly common among the elderly population and may occur from balance disorders, slip & falls, medication, obesity, walkway hazards, or poor footwear.

How did you do with your answers? Any surprises?

If you have a chronic pain or injury, you’ll be pleased to know 360-ORTHOPEDICS offer same day/next day appointments at all three of our locations when needed. Check out our website at www.SOA.md or call us at 941-951-2663.

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This entry was posted in on February 12, 2019 by sarasotaAdmin.