Monthly Archives: March 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: What We Are Doing To Keep Staff & Patients Safe

March 26, 2020

The Coronavirus is making people understandably anxious and fearful.  As an essential medical service, we would like you to know what 360 Orthopedics is doing to keep our staff and patients safe while we treat patients requiring orthopedic treatment that cannot be delayed.

Current protocols we have in place:

  • Patients with upcoming appointments are reminded via text or voice messaging that we will reschedule their appointments if they have a fever and/or experiencing signs of illness. This message is confirmed twice prior to the appointment.
  • We are asking that patients enter our facility alone unless medically necessary. This facilitates proper distancing inside our buildings. There are large signs with this message posted in clinic and physical therapy reception areas.
  • Patients are offered the option of calling or texting us upon arrival for their appointment so that they may remain in their transportation mode until called in for their appointment.
  • Chairs have been distanced in reception areas to allow for safer space.
  • Magazines have been removed from reception areas to avoid transfer of germs. Toys have been removed from the children’s area.
  • Public areas are being wiped down on a frequent basis and hand sanitizers are available for everyone throughout our facilities.
  • Any staff member experiencing signs of illness will be sent home to recover.
  • Physical therapy is now dedicated to post-surgical and medically necessary patients; this is being evaluated on a week by week basis.
  • We will implement a screening process for everyone entering our facilities.

 

As more information is forthcoming, we will amend our protocols appropriately.  If you have questions, please feel free to send them via our contact page on our website at:

https://www.360-orthopedics.com/contact-us/

 

This entry was posted in on March 26, 2020 by sarasotaAdmin.

Is 360 Orthopedics Open During COVID-19?

It is our goal to keep you informed as to changes and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic locally as it affects our business, staff, and patients. 360 Orthopedics is considered a medically essential service and to that end, we continue to serve our patients in need.

The safety protocols we currently have in place are:

  • Patients with upcoming appointments are reminded via text or voice messaging that we will reschedule their appointments if they have a fever and/or experiencing signs of illness. This message is confirmed twice prior to the appointment.
  • We are asking that patients enter our facility alone unless medically necessary. This facilitates proper distancing inside our buildings. There are large signs with this message posted in clinic and physical therapy reception areas.
  • Patients are offered the option of calling or texting us upon arrival for their appointment so that they may remain in their transportation mode until called in for their appointment.
  • Chairs have been distanced in reception areas to allow for safer space.
  • Magazines have been removed from reception areas to avoid transfer of germs. Toys have been removed from the children’s area.
  • Public areas are wiped down on a frequent basis and hand sanitizers are available for everyone throughout our facilities.
  • Any staff member experiencing signs of illness will be sent home to recover.
  • Physical therapy is now dedicated to post-surgical and medically necessary patients; this is being evaluated on a week by week basis.
  • We will implement a screening process for patients upon their entry to our facilities for their appointment. We will also screen staff for signs of illness.

Many of our patients may have trauma, injuries, or pain requiring treatment; some are post-surgical and follow up is critical to their recovery. We will continue to monitor the CDC guidelines and adapt our protocols to act in the best interest of our patients and staff. As of this writing all three of our locations are open although some may, at times, have limited hours; please call first if you need an appointment.  If you have questions, you may call us at 941-951-2663 or send us an email via our website at this link  https://www.360-orthopedics.com/contact-us/

We are in this together so please, stay safe and remember to wash your hands frequently. It’s the single best defense against fighting a virus.

Wishing you health and wellness,

                     #Team360

This entry was posted in on March 26, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.

PLAYGROUNDS FOR SENIORS: A Not-So-New Concept

March 23, 2020

As we write this, the world is social distancing to avoid COVID 19 and helping to”flatten the curve”.  There will be good news on the horizon in the future when we are able to communicate again in person and the news below is of particular interest for seniors:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”, said the famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

Since 1995 when first started in China, playgrounds for senior citizens are now enjoying growth across Europe and beginning to catch on in the U.S. For example, in Malaga, Spain over 50,000 seniors visit a custom built playground a week and in Barcelona, there are over 300 senior playgrounds. In the U.S. there are about 50 in cities like New York, Galveston, Cleveland, Miami, and Tampa with senior playgrounds and the trend is growing.

For practical reasons, these playgrounds don’t have the typical child apparatus like monkey bars, seesaws, and slides. The senior version is set up more for safe, practical equipment like stationary bikes, fitness steps, stretch boards, and other low impact items. Some of these may be found in a gym but have been redesigned with seniors in mind for the benefit of improving balance and keeping the joints and muscles moving.

As we age, we tend to become more sedentary and that lack of activity may accelerate the aging process.  Having access to a senior playground allows our elders to get outside and exercise while socializing with others. Staying active and exercising helps stave off depression and loneliness as well as improving the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.  It may also lower the risk of diabetes.

Best of all, the playgrounds are free so seniors on a limited income receive the health and social benefits at no cost. The senior playgrounds are now being developed as “multi-generational” playgrounds so children and seniors can remain active together, which is an added benefit for families.  So, even as you age, this may be an option as a great way to exercise AND have fun with your grandchildren!

As with any exercise program, it’s best to discuss new activity first with your physician.  If you have questions about the health of your bones or muscles, 360 Orthopedics can navigate that process with you. Go to our website for more information about us, or give us a call at 941-951-2663.  We have three locations and are able to accommodate same/next day appointments when needed.

This entry was posted in on March 23, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.

Coronavirus – The Fear Factor

March 13, 2020

These are the best of times. These are the worst of times. Now that we have your attention and with apologies to Charles Dickens, that’s how it feels lately. The recent Coronavirus pandemic has brought everyone and everything to a screeching halt, making it difficult to know fact from fiction.

What we do know, is that this virus is highly contagious, more so than the flu strains that travel around each season. However, there’s a lot we don’t know about Coronavirus, or COVID-19, thus the sudden fear.  While the experts are weighing in that this will continue to spread as with other flu outbreaks, it’s important to not overreact with fear.  As of now, people are asked to be vigilant, not so much to halt the virus which is next to impossible, but to slow it down so our health care system can handle it in phases. As of today, 80% of the infections in our country are mild. The remainder are severe or critical, however the data changes daily.

What we do know is that handwashing is, and always was, the most important defense against fighting germs.  We should also maintain a healthy diet, and if you have a temperature, stay out of work and away from others.  It’s common sense.

Early data shows highest risk for COVID-19 is for the population over 60 years of age, those who smoke or have poor lung health, have existing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, or abnormally high blood pressure. For that reason, even if you are young and healthy, you still could be exposed and show no symptoms, thus making you a carrier to the senior population. The CDC recommends ways to lower your risk of contamination are being out and about when crowd size is low, avoid unnecessary contained travel (airplanes/cruise ships), and bypass large groups where you are unable to distance yourself by 6 feet.

While many businesses have temporarily closed or shortened hours, at 360 Orthopedics we continue to treat our patients with orthopedic pain and/or injury while taking extra precautions to ensure patient and staff safety. We’ve assembled a task force at each of our locations.  We are:

  • Surface wiping throughout our locations multiple times during clinic hours.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations throughout our facilities.
  • Having staff stay home or sending them home if they have a fever or show signs of flu.
  • Requiring frequent hand washing and avoiding touching the face.

As always, 360 Orthopedics has the safety of our patients and staff as a priority.  In addition to our normal and very stringent cleaning and disinfecting schedules, we have added enhanced cleaning every morning at all our locations.  You may be assured we are doing our diligence to ensure these locations continuously remain disinfected and provide as safe an environment as possible.

If you need information about us please go to our website or give us a call at 941-951-2663.

Sources:  CDC; WHO; informationisbeautiful.net

This entry was posted in on March 13, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.

360 ORTHOPEDICS Surgeon Named Chief of Surgery

March 3, 2020

360 ORTHOPEDICS is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A. Silverstein, MD as Chief of Surgery at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Dr Silverstein is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction.  He is Managing Partner and President of 360 Orthopedics with three locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.

Dr Silverstein hails from West Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University.  He holds his Medical Degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He performed his orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and completed Fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa.

Dr Silverstein treats patients at all three of the 360 Orthopedics locations where same day and next day appointments are available when needed. The facilities are full service offering MRI, X-ray, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, EMG, Nerve Conduction Studies, and the dispensing of durable medical equipment. 360 Orthopedics was established in 1978 to offer comprehensive orthopedic care for the community.

For more information visit the website at www.360-orthopedics.com or call 941-951-BONE. 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 March 3, 2020 by sarasotaAdmin.

STRENGTHENING BONES AND MUSCLES WITH … DANCING???

Did you know dancing is one of the most fun activities you can do that has multiple health benefits? Consider this … dancing:

• Strengthens bones and tones muscles
• Improves balance, coordination, and agility
• Increases memory function
• Is a good cardio workout, building endurance
• Relieves stress
• Helps with weight management
• Sharpens your brain
• Has social benefits by connecting with others

Wow, that embodies multiple health goals.

For many people, exercise can be a chore. Dancing, even in your living room to your favorite music, can achieve benefits while having fun. And it’s free. Studies have shown people will stick to a fitness routine they enjoy and dancing provides that lift of endorphins creating pleasure. It can bring out creativity unlike performing a repetitive aerobic exercise. The New England Journal of Medicine suggests there is a 76% reduced risk of dementia with regular dancing. That’s similar to playing a musical instrument.

As the aging process occurs, balance becomes a challenge and increases the risk of falling. The Center for Disease Control endorses dancing as a method to stabilize your balance to avoid a serious tumble. It helps strengthen your muscles, increases your flexibility, and sharpens your brain function which all contribute to avoiding falls.

Dancing also has many social benefits. It’s a great way to meet new people, interact with friends, boost mood, fight depression, and improve your outlook. It’s also a great cultural experience when learning new dances.

Anyone can dance … we’re not talking Dancing With The Stars … there’s a unique dance in everyone. Whether it’s salsa or foxtrot or line dancing or free form movement, it all counts toward improving your health. As with any new fitness routine, please check with your physician first. If you have joint or muscle issues you need checked before you begin, check out our website at https://www.360-orthopedics.com/ or call 941-951-2663 for an appointment at any of our three locations.

So what are you waiting for? Get smart and bust a move!

This entry was posted in on March 3, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.