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YOUR FEET … Engineering or Art?

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Leonardo da Vinci was quoted as saying “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”. He wasn’t kidding around considering a human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Because the foot is so intricate, there are so many things that can go awry; a break or fracture in any area can have an effect in another area of the body. In every case, an injury as serious as a fracture will mean the inability to bear any weight. This can be quite painful, offset balance, increase pressure on the opposite leg and joints, and even affect overall mood due to lack of exercise that may ensue. If not addressed quickly, a collapsed bone, severed ligament, or permanent deformity may develop.

In the case of breaks or fractures, foot treatment can be as straightforward as a cast or brace if treated quickly. A digital x-ray will indicate how to proceed. When an MRI is indicated, our office has a digital extremity MRI which means just the foot and ankle are inserted into the machine … no confining tube for your body! If the break is serious or ignored, surgery may be an option to offset the shift in the foot/ankle structure. Stress fractures may require protective footgear for a period of time.

Swelling is a sure sign that medical attention is in order, but it doesn’t always indicate a compromised bone. Swelling of the foot and ankle could be a result of an injury, but may also be caused by a medication, diet, pregnancy, or blood clot. Determining the source of swelling requires a medical diagnosis.

Some of the more common foot conditions we see at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates:

  • Fungal nail infections are hard to treat and unfortunately don’t go away without treatment.
  • Bunions occur at the base of the large toe forcing the toe to migrate toward the smaller ones.
  • Corns and calluses, or thick, hard areas of dead skin, are caused by friction or pressure.
  • Gout is actually a type of arthritis that occurs in the big toe.
  • Athlete’s foot is contagious, usually picked up by going barefoot in damp areas like a locker room.
  • Hammertoes can be painful, generally seen in any of the middle toes when bent at the middle joint. It is often hereditary.
  • Plantar fasciitis is often at the worst case in the morning and is noted with pain across the bottom of the foot.
  • There are more common foot conditions, and fortunately, they are generally correctable.

Our team of physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates handles many types of extremity, joint, and back injuries. While all injuries are to be taken seriously, damage to the foot and ankle musculoskeletal system should be carefully monitored, as these injuries may cause challenges in other parts of the body. If you’ve had an accident and are seeking treatment, contact us today at 941-951-2663 to make an appointment. We have four locations and offer same day appointments when necessary. You may also make an appointment directly through our website at www.SOA.md   Just click on the button at the home page to request an appointment.

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Sources: www.SOA.md and WebMD

 

THE SINGING SURGEON

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If you live in or near Sarasota, you likely know Randall Morgan, MD as a surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. Did you know he’s also a very talented musician and leader of his band, “Soul Sensations”?    Huffington Post Contributor, Leni Miller caught up with him to talk about the importance of loving what you do. Read it here or go to the link at the end of the story.

MUSIC, MEDICINE, AND A LIFE HE LOVES by Leni Miller, Huffington Post Contributor

I broke my knee cap in Florida.

A top Orthopedic Surgeon fixed it.

After the surgery, I learned that my doctor was…

by day,  a prominent orthopedic surgeon and…

by night, the leader of a popular rhythm and blues band!

Was this one man’s “right work”?

How would he have time for both?

Where did it all begin?

I had to find out more.

And so much more there was!

What is “right work”?

I wrote and published a book about it.

After recruiting for many years, I had found that many more people are in their wrong work than in their right work.

People who are in right work have certain qualities in common:

They are happier.

They take more risks.

They more often walk “the road less traveled.”

The first thing I did when I interviewed Dr. Morgan was to confirm that his passion for music was tightly intertwined with his commitment to medicine.

In doing so, I discovered that Dr. Randall C. Morgan is not just an average surgeon, but…

“an orthopedic surgeon who has achieved a career of excellence in service to his patients, visionary leadership in group medical practice, community and youth mentorship and leadership in several national medical organizations. He presently serves as the Executive Director of the W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute. He is the founding Executive Director and has served in that position since June 2005. Dr. Morgan also served as the 95th President of the NMA from 1996-1997. He remains engaged in the practice of orthopedic surgery in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL with specialty in Pediatric Orthopedics and Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics” (http://www.thecobbinstitute.org)

And is also a…

As a youngster in Gary Indiana, in the fifties, Randall Morgan grew up as an only child. He listened to music alone in his room and the Doo Wop era had started. He sang out loud in front of the mirror in his room, mimicking the popular bands at the time. One summer, his uncle (a music teacher in Los Angeles) gave him a B Flat silver clarinet and a few lessons during a visit to California. His parents also gave him lessons for the clarinet. These were the last lessons he took. Everything else was self-taught and all during his education, he played music in bands and groups and sang in choirs. Only later, in medical school, would his dual tracking of study and music slow down to limit music performances to only twice a year.

If you don’t remember Doo Wop, you are not old enough. Those of us who grew up in the sixties and seventies are sixteen years old again the minute we hear the Platters sing “the Great Pretender,” “At the Hop” or “There’s a Moon Out Tonight”!

It was the music of our first dances and our first loves.

What I wanted to know most of all from Dr. Morgan, was how it was possible to maintain a passionate engagement with both medicine and music throughout a lifetime. I knew Dr. Morgan had earned myriads of honors and accolades for leadership in both music and medicine. I later learned he had also started a nonprofit research institute to address the issues of under served populations with diminished health care resources.

What were his secrets?

Dr. Morgan had been raised to be a hard worker. But, after working in his father’s pharmacy as a child, he realized that he didn’t want work that would require working from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. At the pharmacy, he met doctors dropping off prescriptions all through his childhood. As a result, he began to be drawn to medicine as a profession. After medical school, he realized that music appreciation was in so many of his classmates. Even in medical school, with all of the pressure for academic excellence, he hung onto music and performed twice a year. Over time, as his professional life grew, so did his commitment to music whenever it could possibly fit into his life. He told me that he had realized over time that both professions demanded the same strengths, talents and abilities. What were they?

1) The ability to perform.

2) The cultivation of innovation and creativity.

3) Leadership talent.

“What are the challenges of such passionate commitment to both music and medicine?”, I asked Dr. Morgan.

“To do music and not have it compete with patient care or create a perception of competition.” He said. “I like sometimes to travel with my music to where people don’t know I’m an MD.”

I wondered what were the values reflected in both medicine and music?

Dr. Morgan loves to help people. He told me:

“Whether it’s Rhythm and Blues or Mozart, something happens to people when they hear good music. Something happens to the body and soul’s vibration. People respond to music nostalgically; they tend to want to go ‘back home’ and what is home? Is it the location, the memories? What made it home? When I do surgery, I listen to classical music. It calms my mind. When I communicate with patients, I always want to help them understand and calm down and feel better than they felt before. I believe that medicine and music come from the same part of the brain.”

His biggest challenge? “Keeping it all together! All we have is 24 hours in a day and how does each one of us spend that time?”

I have learned that right work is directly connected to the fulfillment of current priorities as well as the utilization of talents, skills, abilities and an alignment of values. As Dr. Morgan’s personal priorities shifted, he had created “new” right work several times before in his life.

Dr. Morgan relocated to Florida in April of 2005 where he established a new orthopedic surgery practice and continued to serve all patients including those who are underserved. He is now an associate physician at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, a prestigious specialty practice in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL. He presently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Florida State School of Medicine and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. It is there that he continues to develop his research interest in health and healthcare disparities and musculoskeletal disparities as well. He has made over 200 scientific presentations and has published many peer reviewed articles and a book chapter in orthopedic surgery, health policy and health disparities. (http://www.thecobbinstitute.org)

Now, Dr. Morgan’s current priorities are shifting, and he is once again, planning a change in his right work. At age 73, he is now aware that he doesn’t want to “run as fast as he has been asked to run”.

He wants more time with family and more time to spend on music and mentoring younger musicians. He told me that the wonderful thing about both medicine and music is you can do both until you die if you manage it right.

Now, he sees that his surgery days and the high pressure demands of volume patient care will morph into more of a daytime office practice. Additionally, he will spend more time with his Cobb Research Institute leadership addressing the lack of effective minority health care delivery.

Dr. Morgan is clearly an inspiring expert in creating right work.

I asked Dr. Morgan what advice he would give the rest of us so we, too, can create lives we love as much as he loves his life. He said:

“Define what is important at this stage of your life!”

“Be inquisitive and take the road less traveled and have confidence in your choice!”

“Don’t be risk adverse”

“Be innovative. Don’t think life is a canvas that you can neatly paint on. Things happen serendipitously and the outcome depends on how you react to them.”

“Sense where you want to go and don’t need to know the details”.

“Understand that life is a creative process.”

I told Dr. Morgan that my accident with its fractured knee cap has actually allowed me to personally re-evaluate my own priorities and realize that they too were shifting for me. The most significant benefit I received however was not just the great surgery, that required me to slow down, or the extra 12 days I got to spend with my dad and his wife, but it certainly and without a shadow of a doubt, was the inspiration I received from Dr. Randall C. Morgan!

Against many odds, Dr. Morgan has tenaciously and creatively created, and continues to find and customize his right work as he now enters the seventh decade of his life.

Thank you, Dr. Morgan, for sharing your story and your inspired creation of a life you love!

CLICK HERE for the link to this story on the Huffington Post.

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THUMBS UP ON EASING YOUR THUMB PAIN

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At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we are often asked, “My thumb hurts, is this part of aging? Must I live with it or can something be done?” The good news is a resounding YES THERE IS HELP and treatment is typically non-invasive.

Thumb pain is common among females over the age of 50. It can occur as a result of several factors: family history, repetitive pinching, twisting and turning activities, and history of trauma to the thumb. One of the most common joints in the hand to develop osteoarthritis is the thumb. In osteoarthritis there is gradual reduction of joint space. As we continue use of our hands, small muscles around the basal joint of the thumb work hard to compensate for instability. Ligaments also tend to show changes. The wear and tear of the joint exacerbates pain intensity resulting in patients modifying the way they pinch and/or delegating activities or worse, simply giving up on activities they enjoy.

Symptoms of thumb arthritis can be pain with pinching or gripping activities. Usually patients experience pain while turning keys/door knobs, writing or typing, and opening jars or lids. Pain might also occur during rest.

Treatment for thumb arthritis can be operative or non-operative. Non-operative measures could include cortisone injection for pain reduction or a consultation with a hand therapist.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, hand therapy consultation includes comprehensive evaluation to understand the activities that cause pain. It also includes measuring the range of motion and strength in both hands. Your hand therapist might fabricate a customized brace to rest the affected joints. Patient education is the most important part of treatment. Our hand therapists will educate you on various pain management strategies, activity modification, or a customized brace to immobilize the wear and tear on the joints. If range of motion is affected we can teach stretching and dynamic stabilization exercises to strengthen the small muscles of hand. Additionally, there are joint protection techniques to reduce stress in the affected joints.

Success of conservative management depends on several factors such as intensity of the arthritis and patient compliance in following through with the therapist recommendations.

Don’t give up on your thumb discomfort. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has Certified Hand Therapists in all of our three locations.  Check out our website at www.SOA.md where you may make an appointment online or call 941-951-2663. We offer same day appointments when necessary.

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KEEPING IT LOCAL – WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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How important is it for us to support our local community?

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we are so much more than physicians and medical support staff. We believe supporting our local community through non-profit organizations is an essential component of what we represent. Our professional mission is to get our patients back to their lives, however, that mission extends to our responsibility to the local community as well. We believe physical and financial support to local non-profit groups helps our community flourish by providing educational opportunities for our youth, keeping our arts and cultural groups thriving, supporting sports events to mature, and enabling the well-being of those we touch throughout the year. Most of all, the sustenance we provide to these organizations simply makes us proud knowing we are able to help others.

There is not a day ending here at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates without an organization asking for our help. We wish we could answer all those appeals particularly when the need is so great. We endeavor to allocate our support not only to charitable organizations, but more so to those where SOA is able to actively participate as a dynamic partner in serving a cause.

Here are just a few organizations we’ve supported over the past year:

  • Circus Arts Conservatory
  • Nate’s Honor Sanctuary
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs
  • Lakewood Ranch High School Athletics
  • Booker High School Athletics
  • YMCA Frank Berlin Branch
  • Players Theatre
  • West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
  • Premier Sports Campus
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters
  • Legacy Trail Expansion

Last year was our first Holiday Giving Tree mission and it profoundly touched the hearts of every staff member here at #TeamSOA. This year we hope to begin earlier and reach out to even more families in anticipation of lifting their spirits during the holiday season. We invite you to join us in early November, when we begin fulfilling the wishes of local families in need. Watch our blog for details, send us your comments here, or email Swall@SOA.md to learn how you might partner with us.

“For it is in giving that we receive” (Francis of Assisi). Well said.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

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Sarasota Orthopedic Associates physicians handle many types of muscle, joint, and spine conditions and injuries. While all of these should be taken seriously, damage to the foot or ankle can result in issues in other parts of the body.

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

There are many bones in the foot and ankle, and fractures or breaks of each can have a different effect on the body. In every case, an injury as serious as a fracture will mean a sharp inability to bear any weight. This can be quite painful and may offset balance, put increased pressure on the other leg and joints, and even affect overall mood due to the lack of exercise that will likely ensue. If the break or fracture is not addressed quickly, a collapsed bone, severed ligament, or permanent deformity can develop.

Swelling is a sure sign that medical attention is needed in the foot or ankle, but this does not always mean a compromised bone. Swelling can result from everything from prescribed medication, diet, pregnancy, and blood clots. Determining, in these cases, the source of swelling requires a professional diagnosis.

Available Treatments

In the case of breaks or fractures, foot treatment can often be as straightforward as a cast or brace if treated in a timely manner. After an X-ray procedure, a physician can determine how to proceed. Otherwise, if the break is serious enough or ignored, surgery will be necessary to offset the shift in the foot and ankle structure. Other cases, such as stress fractures, may require protective footgear for two to four months.

As for swelling, diagnostics heavily determine the treatment. If the problem is a result of new pressure, such as pregnancy, then protective footwear and medication may be prescribed. If swelling stems from disease, as in heart failure or alcoholism, lifestyle changes will be recommended along with protective footwear.

If you are needing foot or ankle treatment, contact Sarasota Orthopedic Associates to make an appointment today at 941-951-2663, or go to our website homepage at www.SOA.MD and schedule an appointment online. We have three convenient locations and provide same day appointments when needed.

What do YOUR hands say?

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Our hands are an intricate marvel of the human body. With 27 bones in each hand and wrist it’s no surprise so much can go wrong for so many people.

We often think of injuries to athletes or common clumsy mishaps when a hand is injured. It’s not just athletes who come to us for problems with their hands and wrists. Every day, people of all backgrounds share challenges of pain in the hand or wrist. Think about the different occupations that might develop some form of hand/wrist pain and how it could affect their lives:

  • String musicians
  • Administrative workers using laptops
  • Cashiers using a laser scanner at check-out
  • Custodians
  • Homemakers
  • Gardeners/Landscapers
  • Mechanics & assembly workers
  • Accountants
  • Butchers
  • Food preppers

In reality, we are all at risk for hand or wrist issues at some point in our lives. One of the more common complaints we see at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a result of overuse and presents with a tingly feeling or numbness, typically a result of pressure on a nerve in the wrist. Tendinitis will appear with a weakness, discomfort, and/or limited movement. DeQuervain’s has the tendons swollen on the thumb side of the wrist. Trigger Finger presents on a finger that is difficult to bend or straighten and you may see a bump on the palm near the affected finger. You may have heard the condition Dupuytren’s, which a fibrous thickening of tissue causing a finger (or fingers) to curl up. Let’s not forget cysts and arthritis.  Oh my … so many things to go wrong!

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Not all hand conditions require treatment, particularly if there is no associated pain or impairment to your daily activity. It’s always a good idea to be safe and see a physician if you have a specific concern. Ultimately, when you do need treatment, not to worry, we have you covered. Gregory Farino, MD is our hand and wrist physician treating hand/wrist disorders in conjunction with our Certified Hand Therapists at each of our three locations. Our commitment at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life!

BIGGEST LOSERS TURN OUT TO BE WINNERS!

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If you’ve followed us for the past three months, you already know a few of our enthusiastic staff members took on a challenge to live a better lifestyle and shed some pounds. The team lost a total of 117 pounds to date. Awesome! We wanted to know what inspired the top “losers” to keep them on course:

Lisa from our Call Center lost 9 ½% of her body weight. Her goal is to be healthier overall and the SOA physical therapy team kept her moving on the treadmill. Lisa bought a special dress for her daughter’s wedding in October and is committed to fitting into that gorgeous gown. He husband was a wonderful support partner by cooking healthy dinners and the SOA staff continually sent Lisa positive vibes on her journey to making healthy choices.

Robin, our Business Office Director, didn’t find the challenge hard at all. Good for you Robin! Mind over matter?  She was already active, but not focused or dedicated with a goal.  She felt she was able to stay on course by looking in the mirror and seeing the inspirational difference every day. During the challenge, Robin lost 8% of her body weight and has continued to achieve a 15% loss. Robin’s husband is incredibly supportive in the way they eat every day by cooking with health in mind.

Ale, also in our Call Center, found the hardest part of the challenge was staying on course.  She lost over 7% of her body weight by keeping her eye on the goal … her upcoming October wedding. Ale looks great but says she still has a bit more to lose and is paying more attention to what she eats.

Dianne E, in our business office, says the hardest challenge for her was fixing meals for her family who were not dieting. She is motivated to be more physically active with her grandchildren. Dianne feels she still has a long way to get to her goal weight and is motivated to continue for her own well-being. Her advice? Set small goals along the way instead of one large one.  There is more satisfaction each time you hit your mark!

These were our top four winners in our #TeamSOA Biggest Loser Challenge and it was inspirational to see them support each other on the journey. Those of us not officially in the challenge still managed to drop a couple pounds after being encouraged by these ladies. It prompted us to stop and think about the little things: Do I really want that cookie? Should I take the stairs instead of the elevator? How hungry will I be later if I skip breakfast? How many more steps can I fit in if I park at the far end of the parking lot?

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we are committed to our staff as well as our patients. We are so proud to watch our work family travel this road to better health. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The first wealth is health”. What about you? Have you done something wonderful for yourself lately?

Pictured: Ale, Lisa, Robin

MRI and X-Rays: Myths and Truth

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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.

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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

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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

FIVE AWESOME WEIGHT LOSS TIPS

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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.

Make Meatless Monday Memorable

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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.