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Is 360 Orthopedics Open During COVID-19?

March 26, 2020

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.

STRENGTHENING BONES AND MUSCLES WITH … DANCING???

March 3, 2020

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.

Three Tips For Getting Dressed After a Back Injury

February 7, 2020

How to Get Dressed With a Back Injury

Having a back injury can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Learn ways to help you get dressed more easily so you can put this worry aside as you heal.

Dealing with a back injury can be frustrating and inconvenient, and getting dressed is one of the obstacles you’ll be facing in your recovery. The good news is that there are tips you can use to help you effortlessly dress yourself each day so you can look good and go on with your life.

Leaving Plenty of Time
The first tip to help you get dressed effortlessly after a back injury is to leave yourself plenty of time. Avoid having to rush around figuring out what you’re going to wear and how to get the clothing on properly. You’re going to be moving slowly and will need these extra minutes as a cushion in case you’re struggling with a particular garment. Also, you’ll be minimizing the chance that you’ll aggravate your injury when you’re able to take your time.

Choose Your Attire Wisely
It’s best to avoid wearing complicated clothing with buttons and snaps when you’re recovering from a back injury. Instead, choose garments that have elastic and are loose-fitting. You want to be able to get the clothing on and off easily without much fuss. Now is a good opportunity to change up your wardrobe a bit and only wear clothing that fits your current needs. Also, be sure to talk to your boss and see if you can wear what’s’ comfortable for you to work.

Focus on Your Technique
It’s important that you focus on your technique when trying to get dressed after a back injury. You may even want to consult with orthopedics experts and ask them for pain management tips and advice about getting dressed more easily. You can also eliminate any bending by using your bed as a tool to help you put on your clothes. For example, lying on the bed to put on your pants eliminates worry you might have about falling over due to lack of balance.

After a back injury, you’re going to face many challenges, including getting dressed while trying to heal properly. At 360 Orthopedics we can help make this task and the process of recovering a lot easier through our physical therapy services. Contact us to learn more.

This entry was posted in on February 7, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.

Stretches to Help With Shoulder Pain

Woman Stretching Shoulder

According to a study by the NCBI, 18-26% of adults experience shoulder pain or stiffness. Stretching your shoulders and back can help relieve joint pain.

Your shoulders do a lot of work each day, whether you’re lifting, carrying, or pulling items. So it’s not surprising that this part of your body is prone to injury, stiffness, and pain. If you have experienced nagging shoulder pain or discomfort, the following stretches may provide you with some relief.

Elbow-Out Rotator Stretch
Also known as the across-the-chest stretch, this exercise increases the range of motion and flexibility in your shoulders and the surrounding muscles. Start by standing up straight and bringing your right arm across your chest. Gently pull your arm a bit further and hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat this stretch with your left arm and do both sides three to five times.

Neck Release
Start by lowering your chin toward your chest as if you were nodding. Gently tilt your head to one side to stretch the opposite shoulder and hold this position for a minute. Repeat this stretch on the opposite side and do it on both sides three to five times. This exercise can help relieve tension in your neck and shoulders.

Child’s Pose
Kneel on a mat with your knees wider than your hips. Bring your feet together behind you and sit on your heels. Fold forward and rest your chest on your thighs. Stretch your arms forward and rest your head on the mat. Hold this position for 30 seconds. This stretches your shoulders, back, glutes, and hips.

Chest Stretch
Stand up while holding a towel or strap behind your back with both hands. Puff out your chest as you bring your shoulder blades together. Lift your chin and hold this position for 30 seconds. This stretch can help improve the range of motion and flexibility in your shoulders.

Quadruped Thoracic Rotation Exercise
Get down on all fours while keeping your back straight. Place your left hand on the back of your head. Then, rotate your head and shoulders toward the right and hold for a few seconds. Repeat the stretch while turning your head toward the raised arm and switch sides. This stretch can help loosen your thoracic spine.

If you have shoulder pain or discomfort that persists even after you stretch and perform other strengthening exercises, you should see a doctor. At 360 Orthopedics, we have a team of physicians and physical therapists who can suggest treatment options. To book an appointment at one of our three locations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, call 941-951-2663 or contact us online.

This entry was posted in on February 7, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.

ARE YOUR INJURIES IN A PICKLE?

January 21, 2020

We’re talking about the sports obsession of Pickleball.  The sport, a combination of ping-pong, badminton, and tennis, has caught on in a big way, particularly in Florida where retirees seek to remain active. Pickleball experienced a surge in popularity over the past ten years in our area. Today over 2.5 million Americans play the game.

So how did it all begin? In 1965, three Bainbridge Island (Seattle), WA dads were in the backyard watching their sons play.  The game was created out of boredom when both kids and dads thought it would be fun to invent a new sport. What would they name it? While the kids were hitting a whiffle ball, dad Barney McCallum’s cocker spaniel took chase to retrieve the ball.  The name of the dog?  Why, Pickles of course, thus the name Pickleball.

It’s a fun story and a good workout, however it may result in frequent injuries.  Not a week goes by where we don’t see at least one Pickleball trauma from the game. The most common are ankle injuries, followed by Achilles tendon, heel, knee, hamstring, and shoulder injuries. Most of these are caused as with any other sport: lack of protection and improper warm-up.

If you’re an enthusiast, here are some tips to keep you safe on the court:

  • Do not wear running shoes; opt for proper court shoes as in tennis.
  • Avoid long pants that can trip you up; choose shorts or for the ladies, tennis skirt.
  • Use protective eye-wear.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Stretch and warm up for ten minutes prior to your game.
  • Post play, do five minutes of walking to cool down.
  • Know your limits

Pickleball provides a good cardio workout and improves agility which is great for maintaining balance. If you do experience sore muscles and minor strains, a simple ice pack and rest may do the trick for you to recover quickly. More serious injuries many require the attention of a physician. The sports medicine physicians at 360 Orthopedics treat injuries at all three of our locations and offer same/next day appointments when needed. Appointments may be made via the website www.360-orthopedics.com or by calling 941-951-2663.

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This entry was posted in on January 21, 2020 by SalesRep-Admin.

MARCHING BAND IS A SPORT?

December 11, 2019

Technically no, however consider this:  Reuters Health compared the “challenges and demands” of a marching band “geek” to those of a football athlete.

Typically high school marching bands begin practice in summer prior to the school year and their drills can be 8 hours of physical activity for days on end. During a ten minute half-time show, they may clock 4 to 6 miles on the field at two to three steps per second.

As half-time shows for marching bands and drum & bugle corps show off fancy footwork at record speeds, the physical demands become increasingly difficult. Imagine marching (or running as some do)  at a fast pace while continuously moving backwards, forwards, sideways, and dancing … plus carrying and playing an instrument from memorized music in a heavy uniform.

While a trumpet weighs about 2 pounds, arms must be held up continuously, putting stress on neck, back, shoulders, and arms for 7 to 10 minutes. The unfortunate tuba player is carrying between 15 to 30 pounds depending on whether they have a fiberglass or brass instrument. It’s a wonder we don’t see more marching band injuries!

ESPN conducted a study to monitor a drummer while performing.  His heart rate was similar to that of a marathon runner at 200 beats per minute. Gary Grenata, a New Orleans physiologist said, “In marching band, you get a level of competition equal to that of a Division I athletic program.”  He cited a survey showing 95% of band members experienced a sprain, soreness, and/or fatigue during season. Further, 25% suffered an injury or heat related incident requiring treatment, particularly in the south with a high heat index during football season.

The muscles most used by a marching musician are:

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Hip flexors
  • calves
  • Glutes
  • Tibialis anterior

Even though football players are overall more physically fit, the band enthusiast must train at practice both musically and physically to prepare. Many band directors now require warm-ups with stretches and even yoga before hitting the field.  In thirty two states, marching band is now recognized with a Physical Education credit.

Next time you see a marching band, know that those “geeks” are tough athletes!

At 360 ORTHOPEDICS we take care of injured musicians as well as athletes.  We have three convenient locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, Florida and offer same or next day appointments when needed.

This entry was posted in on December 11, 2019 by SalesRep-Admin.

PRP Regenerative Therapy – Truth or Myth to Healing?

November 25, 2019

PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a revolutionary and conservative approach to natural healing. You may have heard about PRP from professional athletes who have used this regenerative therapy to get “back in the game” sooner than with traditional methods. While still experimental, PRP is a safe procedure and has been used for many, many years with success.

PRP injections have been shown to relieve acute or chronic pain and to accelerate healing of injured tissues and joints.  The healing factors of PRP stimulate blood flow and other growth factors that help restore the compromised tendons or cartilage and boost the body’s own natural healing process.

The purpose of PRP therapy is to merge this technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets play a critical role in the healing of soft tissue and cartilage injuries, as well as possibly improving pain from degenerative conditions such as arthritis. With advanced techniques, the process is performed during a simple outpatient, non-surgical setting.

What to expect: A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and placed into a sterile container which is then placed into a centrifuge. This spinning process separates whole blood into layers of PRP and red blood cells.  The patient is given a local anesthetic and the prepared PRP layer is then injected into the localized area to be treated. There may be discomfort at the injection site following the procedure, however, most patients are able to return to normal activity with no significant down time. Ice and elevation may alleviate any discomfort and your physician may recommend physical therapy to optimize the effects of PRP.

PRP may be the key to healing:

  • Less side effects compared to steroid injections or surgery
  • Long lasting
  • Natural and organic
  • Promotes healing
  • Minimal or no down time
  • Minimally invasive
  • In-office procedure

PRP is not for everyone, however, people who have exhausted other modalities including steroid injections may decide to opt for this as an alternative treatment to resolve their pain without surgery. Discuss with your physician to determine if you’re a candidate.  360 ORTHOPEDICS offers same day/next day appointments when needed in our three locations of Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, Florida.

This entry was posted in on November 25, 2019 by SalesRep-Admin.

YOUR BEST FRIEND: Your Dog AND Your Orthopedist?

October 21, 2019

Did you know dogs are good for your overall health? Petting a dog for 15 minutes can lower your blood pressure and walking a dog is great for your heart and musculoskeletal system, helping to strengthen muscles and bones.  In addition, a walk keeps your joints moving … “motion is lotion”.

The downside? Walking a dog incorrectly can put you at serious risk for a sprain or even a broken bone! We see our share of dog walking injuries here at 360 ORTHOPEDICS.  The #1 injury from dog walking is hip damage; next is a hand/wrist or upper arm trauma. Worse, a broken hip can be a life altering experience so it’s important to know how to protect yourself from an unfortunate spill when walking Fido.

  • Train your furry friend that pulling on the leash is a “no”. An obedience school may be a wise investment.
  • You don’t text and drive and you shouldn’t text and walk either. A distraction can send your pet bounding away from you causing a trip and fall. Instead, put down your phone and enjoy the scenery!
  • Wrapping the leash around your wrist or hand is the cause of a common injury and it occurs in a split second.
  • Never use a retractable leash. Giving your pet too much latitude may allow them bounding off to chase a critter and dragging you with them. A front clip harness helps control pulling and avoids a painful dislocated shoulder.
  • Walking your dog while riding a bike is an accident waiting to happen.
  • Flip flops or open toe sandals can cause serious foot damage; opt for sensible shoes.
  • Watch the weather. Walking in the rain isn’t perfect, but what can you do when Fido wants to go out? Non-slip shoes or boots rather than sneakers that can slip on wet pavement are your best option.
  • At night, wear light clothing. A reflector on both you and your little one provides an extra safety measure. Walk facing traffic.
  • Bottom line … PAY ATTENTION! No texting … no headphones … watch for critters that tempt your pet to give chase, and most important… train your buddy to obey simple commands.

If you do have an injury and your swelling/pain doesn’t subside within a couple days call your doctor. For a serious injury like a break or bleeding, see a physician immediately.

At 360 ORTHOPEDICS we offer same/next day appointments at multiple locations when you need us. Check our website here or call us at 941-951-BONE.

This entry was posted in on October 21, 2019 by SalesRep-Admin.