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EVERYONE NEEDS A FOAM ROLLER … A WHAT?

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We are four weeks into our Biggest Loser Challenge at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates and our staff has been providing helpful fitness information and diet tips. This week we hear from Andrea Gildar in our awesome Physical Therapy department. If you know Andrea, you’ll agree she is full of energy and very fit! Here is her suggestion about a simple, inexpensive fitness tool to make a healthier “you”:

FOAM ROLLING is a great way to self-massage. The rollers work by using pressure against your body to break up adhesions, release rough tissue restrictions, flush out metabolic waste, increase circulation, and speed up workout recovery time. Wow, that’s a lot of benefits for one simple routine.

Foam rollers are approximately six inches in diameter and made of foam or plastic. They can be color coded based on firmness. Using a foam roller is easy:

  • Position yourself over the roller and use your body weight to roll back and forth over trouble spots, or, trigger points.
  • Gradually increase the pressure and hold on the area for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Use the roller for fascial release. Fascial tissue, or connective tissue, surrounds muscles and allows for movement.
  • Target trigger points where knots have developed. Trigger points respond to direct pressure.
  • Rolling increases the blood flow and may also be followed by gentle stretching.
  • When you are foam rolling, it SHOULD hurt, a “good” hurt, but not be painful. Do NOT roll over inflamed areas.
  • Foam rolling is good for foot issues, back issues, tight quads, calves, and shoulders.

The great thing about foam rolling is that it can be done in the privacy of your home. That means it can be part of your daily routine as well as a part of your new healthy lifestyle.

The Physical Therapy department at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has several foam rollers and our staff will be happy to evaluate you and demonstrate these techniques. The commitment of SOA is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game and back to life. We have four locations and offer same day appointments when needed. Call us at 941-951-2663 for an appointment with one of our orthopedic physicians or our physical therapists. You may also make an appointment through the home page of our website at www.SOA.md

The Forgotten Secrets of ACV

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As part of our 12 week series of the Sarasota Orthopedic Associates Biggest Loser Challenge, some of our staff are sharing their own health tips. As with any new regimen, it’s always best to check with your physician first.  This week, Dani Walsh, from our Call Center tells us how apple cider vinegar helped her on her fitness quest. Read about it here:

Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, has been consumed for 5,000 years. The health benefits are endless and it is a natural alternative for many things.

I discovered apple cider vinegar when I was pregnant and was in great need of help for indigestion. DO NOT drink it straight, it is quite worse than you can imagine! YUCK. Mix with water and or honey and it will be the perfect solution.  It immediately helped relieve my indigestion.

After this success, I began looking for more uses. Through research, I discovered ACV has antifungal and antibacterial properties. My 1½ year old daughter had a rash break out around her lips (most likely from teething and all of that slobber.). I diluted ACV with water and washed the area … next morning it was less red and started to disappear!

Another experiment I tried: I’m not able to drink coffee right now and sought an alternative energy boost. I can now attest that ACV is my go-to boost! One Tablespoon and in some water in the morning and I feel completely energized within 30 minutes. It’s been a life saver and a healthy one at that. Prepare to be amazed at all of the uses I’ve discovered:

  • Natural face toner- Antibacterial properties to balance PH
  • Wart Remover- Antifungal properties: Use with cotton ball and band aid. (I did this three nights with a small one on my finger and… POOF gone.)
  • Conditioner enhancer- For extra shiny hair
  • Sunburn soother- Important: Dilute with water.  HOWEVER, serious burns should be treated by a physician, not home remedies.
  • Sore throat- Dilute with warm water, add honey and gargle
  • Common cold- Antibiotic properties help you heal and thin mucus/prevents germ growth with its potassium content
  • WEIGHTLOSS- Here’s a big one: The acid suppresses your appetite and in turn increases metabolism to help reduce water retention
  • Teeth whitener and bad breath cure – Swish around in your mouth
  • Gut health -Helps you stay “regular” and promotes gut healing
  • Healthy salad dressing- YUM

IMPORTANT: There are different types of ACV and the one that causes these effects is the ACV labeled with the “mother” (raw and unfiltered) and containing brown clumps. These may not look enticing, however those clumps reflect good bacteria ready to promote your health. Some “mother” brands are Earth Origins, Whole foods, Bragg, or a local health food store brand.  Remember to always consult with your physician before incorporating a new treatment; everyone reacts differently. Apple Cider Vinegar … now you know the forgotten health secrets.

The staff at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is committed to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life. We have four locations and offer same day appointments when needed.

 

 

 

Transform your Life by Changing Your Morning Routine

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If you are new to our blog, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is undertaking a 12 week biggest loser challenge. We’ve asked our staff to share tips and inspiration during this healthy challenge and ask YOU to join us on our journey. Feel free to share your comments and tell us what inspires you to transform your life. This week, we hear from our Chief Financial Officer, Mary Mather, who shares some wise words to get your days started with positivity and reflection.

Habits are one of the most powerful forces in our life. If each year you could replace one ‘bad’ habit with one healthy habit, imagine the difference that would make in your life! To kick off the New Year, try this new morning routine to set yourself up for success for a more productive and healthier year.

  •  Drink 16 Ounces of Water Upon Waking. Try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar or a drop of essential oil such as lemon or peppermint. Room temperature is considered best to help flush out toxins, helps digestion and hydrate.
  • Spend 5 Minutes in Reflection. Anchor your desired mindset for the day by connecting to your inner self, being mindful of all that is good. Gratitude is an immensely powerful tool. Begin your day by ensuring a positive attitude that’s easy to carry forward.
  • 5 Minutes of Gentle Movement. Take a 5-minute walk. Stretch. Do some yogic sun salutations or bounce on a mini-trampoline. Just 5 minutes of any kind of physical activity, even low impact, is an awesome way to get your blood pumping and get you physically motivated for the day. It’s also a powerful reminder that your health is one of your highest priorities.
  • Drink a Healthy Nutrient-Rich Drink. Once you are back from your walk (or finished your exercise), make yourself a green juice or smoothie, or something else super healthy. Better yet, make it before you do your 5 minutes of movement so that immediately afterwards you can indulge yourself with pure goodness. Keep frozen fruit, a banana and some power greens on hand so this step is super easy. Sip your juice or smoothie while you do the next step.
  • Read, write or listen to something inspirational. There are countless free inspirational email services and podcasts like http://tinybuddha.com or http://www.tut.com or Daily Boost that you can subscribe to for daily inspiration. Journaling for a few minutes can set your intention for the day as well. The purpose is to focus your mind on something positive to begin your day. Stay inspired!

As with any new activity, always consult your physician. When you do feel your spine, joints, or muscles out of sorts, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is here to help. We see patients in our four convenient locations and offer same day appointments when needed. Our mission is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life!

Are YOU a Biggest Loser?

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The New Year is here and we are ready to challenge ourselves in beginning a healthy lifestyle.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, this week marks the launch of our “Biggest Loser” 12 week staff challenge. We’ve designed a plan of weekly events to motivate #TeamSOA in a quest to lose pounds and get fit. During our first week we will calculate the group total goal of pounds we aim to lose, and, over the course of the challenge we will monitor our group progress. We KNOW we can accomplish this important mission!

If you plan on having your workplace organize a healthy lifestyle challenge, we’re sharing some of our ideas with you. Here are some highlights of our 12 week journey:

    • Goal setting kickoff.
    • Lunchtime group walks … the weather is perfect at this time of year in Florida for us to get outside in the fresh air!
    • Weekly boot camps after work with our physical therapy team leaders.
    • Weekly tips to keep us on track.
    • Healthy recipes to share.
    • Heart Healthy Potlucks– portion controlled!
    • Discounts at local gyms and retail stores.
    • Weekend friend walking groups.
    • Weekly weigh-ins to track % loss.
    • PRIZES for top the 3 Biggest Losers based on percentage weight loss.
    • SUPPORTING EACH OTHER!

So how about it? Let’s get fit together. Follow and “like” us on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/srqsoa or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/soasrq to check our progress. You may also learn more about Sarasota Orthopedic Associates or schedule an appointment on our website at www.SOA.md .

IS MODERN TECHNOLGY CREATING NEW PHYSICAL AILMENTS?

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We are often warned about the dangers of driving and walking while texting. A while ago, we blogged about “Candy Crush Thumb”. These common activities have sent far too many people to their physicians and worse, emergency rooms. What’s next?

The newest ailments are plentiful: Selfie Hand, Text Claw, Selfie Elbow, and Text Thumb. Say what?

It is estimated that over the course of their lifetime, Millennials will have taken a staggering amount of over 25,000 selfies. Yes, you read that correctly … 25,000 per Millennial. That repetitive action develops physical challenges in the hand and wrist and it’s not from what you would think. The weight of the phone is not the issue; it’s the position of the hand, wrist, fingers, and even the elbow that compromise muscles, tendons, and ligaments. More commonly, this is referred to as “repetitive strain”.

Some may say that using a selfie stick avoids inflammation of the hand and wrist, however, this may cause other complications in the elbow, wrist, arm, shoulders, and neck from extending the arm frequently.

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Most of us cannot imagine limiting our smart phone time or disconnecting so what’s the answer to avoiding a generation of these future ailments? Here are some suggestions however, as with any new activity, check first with your physician:

  • Use voice dictation when sending a text or email from your phone.
  • Do a “prayer stretch” by placing palms together under the chin and pulling hands down toward the waist keeping them close to the chest.
  • Push palms up above the chest and down toward your shoulders several times; using an 8 ounce water bottle or soup can may help strengthen muscles.
  • Icing the inflamed area may relieve discomfort.
  • Shoulder and wrist rolls may help your muscles from fatiguing.

If you do suffer from chronic pain in your hands, wrist, elbow, shoulder, or neck it may be time to see a physician who specializes in hand and wrist ailments. At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we have highly skilled upper extremity and hand/wrist Orthopedic Physicians, as well as experienced Occupational Therapists and Certified Hand Therapists, to help you alleviate your discomfort. Check out our website at www.SOA.md where you can make an appointment at any of our four locations directly via the home page, or give us a call at 941-951-2663. We offer same day appointments when necessary.

Our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life!

PAYING IT FORWARD

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Many times we see our glass as half empty rather than half full. At this time of year we are reminded of how blessed we are when we witness others less fortunate.

This year, with the help of Circus Arts Conservatory, we took on a rather large project for the holidays and “adopted” local families in dire need. One family had been homeless until recently. Without the generosity of others, their holiday would have been far from merry. Another had difficulty putting food on the table for seven children. Another was a single mom working full time at minimum wage struggling to support her children.  There are so many stories like this in our community and beyond. Our Giving Tree project brings to mind how lucky we are every day to have food, clothing, and shelter and how difficult it is to look away from those who suffer without these basic needs.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates our “elves” created a Giving Tree to help fill the wishes of those with very little. Not only did we fulfill every wish, we collected many extras along the way with an abundance of canned goods and substantial amount of cash to purchase food gift cards. We cried happy tears yesterday as we wrapped 85 gifts.

This morning we delivered those wrapped gifts to families. Our hearts are overjoyed, knowing on Christmas morning children will be surprised with a new bike, or skates, or clothes and have a hot meal to share with their family. To see the tears of appreciation in their mom’s eyes fills us with an awesome sense of giving and inspires us to carry that benevolence long into the coming year. Francis of Assisi said “For it is in giving that we receive”.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we are grateful for the abundance in our lives and mindful of the importance to pay it forward. It truly is better to give than to receive.  We wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, Happy Hanukkah, blessed Kwanza and most of all, a New Year filled with hope, love, joy, and prosperity.

WHEN A HAND NEEDS A HAND

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There are 206 bones in the adult body and 27 of them are in the hand and wrist. So it is understandable that most people will suffer a broken bone to the hand or wrist during their lifetime. These injuries can be debilitating since they can inhibit normal functions of the hand, while adversely impacting normal, daily activities. The frequency of hand and wrist use allows for a constant opportunity for injury.

Most disorders of the hand and wrist can be treated non-surgically with splints, injections or physical therapy. However, traumatic injuries to the hand can cause nerve, artery, vein, muscle, tendon, ligament and joint cartilage problems. Sometimes more severe injuries will require joint replacement.

While there are numerous elbow problems and conditions, tennis elbow seems to be the most common and well known. Many elbow conditions can be treated conservatively without surgery. When surgery is needed, minimally invasive arthroscopy permits the orthopedist to treat the problem resulting in small incisions, less pain and an early return to activities.

Utilizing the advancement of medicine and technology, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates’ hand, wrist and elbow specialists can effectively treat the patient’s problems. Our orthopedists’ experience-based knowledge allows them to optimize recovery and maximum function with the best possible outcome.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life. With four locations we are able to provide same day appointments when needed. Visit us online at www.SOA.md or call 941-951-2663 to make an appointment. You may also make appointments online at our website.

GIVING THANKS FOR THANKSGIVING

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At this time we stop and take a breath for that one special day to reflect on what makes us thankful. But what about the rest of the year? Shouldn’t we start every day thankful for at least one something in our lives? Our days are so hectic balancing work and family and we are bombarded with an overload of technology that it’s hard to take five minutes to go to our quiet place for refreshing our minds with thoughts of goodness. So we take this time to raise a glass of kindness and give thanks for …

Our families and friends

  • Our jobs
  • Our mentors and life’s experiences
  • Those who don’t know us yet offer a warm smile or greeting
  • Our homes
  • Our freedom
  • Grandchildren
  • Puppies and kittens
  • Coffee – and the barista who knows your order by heart
  • Our health and modern medicine to help us when we’re sick
  • Fresh air
  • Flowers and sunshine and rainbows and sunsets
  • The ocean and mountains
  • Our education
  • Diversity
  • Ice Cream
  • Teachable moments and those willing to teach
  • Music and theatre and art and creativity
  • Our men and women who serve
  • A long nap on a rainy afternoon
  • Our senses to enjoy the beauty around us
  • Hugs
  • Tears to shed for those we’ve lost and laughter to recall the memories
  • Most of all, we are thankful for YOU.

What did we miss? What makes you thankful? Everyone at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates wishes you and your loved ones the happiest of Thanksgivings.

A SUPERB HERB FOR WHAT AILS YOU?

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Fresh herbs and spices are great in cooking and add unique flavor profiles to your inspirational dishes. But, did you know grandma may be right about some of her home remedies to ward off ailments? Check out some of these well-known herbs and spices and their healing components:

BASIL – Sure we love it on a caprese salad or in a yummy pesto.  Basil is a source of fiber with anti-inflammatory agents and can act as a detox agent.

CHIVE – So isn’t this really an onion?  Actually, in reality, it’s from the lily family (along with garlic) and helps boost the immune system. The phytochemicals and anti-oxidants help fight off cancer, sinus problems, and even the common cold.

CILANTRO – Yes, we love it in our salsa and Asian cooking. It’s high in fiber and iron and is thought to be helpful in detoxing.

CINNAMON – Be careful of this one; too much cinnamon can be dangerous. In moderation, cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar.

DILL – Use this to get your beta carotene. Have hiccups? Grandma says try dill in a cup of hot water!

GINGER – A study found that 500 mg of ginger was just as effective as Dramamine for sea sickness.  Using ginger may prevent an upset stomach and nausea.

LAVENDER – What a lovely fragrance! No wonder the scent is used to aid with insomnia. Lavender contains polyphenol antioxidants.

MINT – Mint is known to aid digestion and stave off bad breath.  A mere 2 Tablespoons of mint will give you half of a daily required dose of Vitamin A.

PARSLEY – It’s not just a garnish for your meals. This herb is full of Vitamins A, C, and K as well as aiding in digestion.

ROSEMARY – Besides smelling so fragrant, rosemary is considered to have a cancer fighting agent, carnosic acid. A study done in the United Kingdom revealed rosemary to improve memory tasks.

SAGE – This herb contains antiseptic and antioxidant agents and is touted as an aid for decreasing anxiety. In European countries it is used to combat excessive perspiration, particularly with hot flashes.

THYME – Said to assist with congestion, thyme contains thymol which has antiseptic properties.

TUMERIC – This spice is commonly used in curries and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know! And while you’re here, check out our website at www.SOA.md.  Our 12 physicians see patients in four locations and we offer same day appointments when needed. Our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

What’s So Special About PHYSICAL THERAPY?

 

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October is NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH and it’s a time when we honor the special people on our PT team. Where do we begin?

First, let’s look at the definition of Physical Therapy: the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity using various methods of massage, manipulation, temperature, and/or exercise.

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Ok, well that’s sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Maybe not … let’s take a look at how long it takes to become a Physical Therapist. It’s a path of SEVEN YEARS minimum. Typically a bachelor degree is required with a concentration in biology, anatomy, kinesiology, or a similar study in the sciences. Then, after an impressive GPA achievement, a high GRE score, an interview process, and referral recommendations, the candidate is accepted into a physical therapy program of studies for three years. There are even specialties within the field; a few are geriatric, sports rehab, hand, industrial, aquatic (check out our aquatic therapy pool), and vestibular. By now, you probably understand it’s not a simple path to this career, although it’s a rewarding one.

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A Physical Therapist is an expert in the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and pain relief. More important, they are educators in helping you understand your body and how to avoid injury after the healing process. Typically at a first appointment, your PT may perform a number of things including an assessment evaluation, discussion of your issue, take a medical history, check your ROM (range of motion), balance, and muscle strength. In therapy they may use modalities such as heat/ice, ultrasound, massage, electronic stimulation, and/or hands-on treatment. You’ll be given a series of exercises with instructions to perform at home that will help you heal and strengthen.

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The number of visits needed will vary upon your condition. The most important and critical instruction to remember is that YOU are the key to YOUR  recovery. You play an important role in this process. Compliance with your home exercises and following the number of recommended visits to your Physical Therapy appointments will benefit your healing and speed your recovery.

So now you know why we love our Physical Therapy staff. We are grateful to them for all they do to keep us healthy and strong!  The commitment of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.  For more information or an appointment, go to our website at www.SOA.md or call us at 941-951-2663.  We have four convenient locations and offer same day appointments when needed.