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9 SMART FOODS FOR HEALTHY BONES

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You’ve heard calcium and vitamin D are essential to maintaining strong bones and slowing osteoporosis. Here’s a list of bone-smart foods to include in your diet that will pack a punch in elevating your calcium and vitamin D intake:

  • Hearty greens like kale and spinach have an added plus of iron
  • Sardines may be off-putting for some but even a tiny portion will add to bone health
  • Salmon, as little as 3 ounces, has 100% of your daily vitamin D and an added bonus of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fresh OJ but watch your portion of sugar intake
  • Yogurt; not the Greek style … it has less vitamin D than the regular
  • Milk – choose low fat, fortified with vitamin D
  • Eggs; don’t be afraid of the yolk which is where the vitamin D is located
  • Cheese, in moderation please … two small cubes should suffice
  • Fortified cereals

What are YOUR “go-to” healthy favorites? Let us know in the comment section below.

Our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.  A healthy diet is essential to your bone health. If you’d like to view information about Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, our facility, our locations, or our physicians, please CLICK HERE.

PRP – What is it and how can it help me?

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Platelet rich Plasma (PRP), a minimally invasive treatment for Tendinitis and Arthritis, is an enriched blood product composed primarily of platelets — a type of cell found in the blood. PRP is an emerging clinical tool for use in a wide variety of medical applications. With PRP, a blood sample is collected and then blood plasma is concentrated with higher than normal amounts of platelets, which most famously play a role in blood clotting, but have also been discovered to release a multitude of protein growth factors involved in many other biological responses involved in healing and tissue repair. The theory behind PRP is that by introducing platelets in large quantities to an injury site, the excess of growth factors might stimulate inflammation and heal long-term injuries contributing to chronic pain. PRP was first utilized during an open heart procedure in 1987, and has since found application in a wide variety of medical specialties. The growing medical application of PRP is a direct result of an increased understanding of platelets and their physiological role in healing processes.

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Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the most common causes of chronic pain and disability in the world, and PRP has been shown to be particularly suited their treatment. Tendons in particular are vulnerable to injury as they anchor muscle to bone and are responsible for handling large amounts of force. They also heal very slowly, as the fibrous tissue contains very little vascular supply with which to receive blood and healing mediators such as platelets.  PRP has more recently been reported to be helpful in the treatment of chronic pain due to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Clinical studies continue to accumulate data on the potential benefits of PRP therapy. Some of the best documented musculoskeletal conditions that have been effectively treated with PRP therapy include:

  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow/Golfer Elbow)
  • Tendinopathy/tendonitis (Achilles/Patellar/Rotator Cuff)
  • Osteoarthritis

Dr. Nomen Azeem, Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, has done extensive research in the use of PRP for painful musculoskeletal conditions and has had numerous patients benefit from this progressive treatment.  He reports, “Many patients become frustrated having tried anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and even steroid injections without long lasting relief of their pain. I am excited to be able to offer a minimally invasive treatment option for such patients, allowing them to experience long term pain relief.” For more details, please visit our website HERE.

 

A NEW TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC KNEE PAIN

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Chronic knee pain is a very common complaint in the United States. The typical conservative treatments for knee pain are physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medicines. The next step in treatment may call for injections, with steroids or visco-supplementation such as Synvisc/Euflexa treatment, along with prescription pain medications. Beyond that, knee replacement surgery has been a common solution to chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

Dr. Nomen Azeem, an Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, offers a new solution called knee radiofrequency ablation (Knee RFA) for his patients who suffer from chronic knee pain. This procedure can help patients delay or even avoid surgery, and may also provide pain relief to patients who have already had knee replacement surgery.

Knee RFA is an outpatient procedure carried out in two steps. In the first procedure, which is diagnostic, a medication is injected into the nerves around the knee, called the genicular nerves. This medication serves to temporarily block the pain signals.

If a patient gets pain relief from the diagnostic procedure, the doctor will move forward with the second step, which is the actual knee radiofrequency ablation. In this procedure, a specialized needle is used to apply heat directly to the genicular nerves of the knee. After a genicular nerve is heated in this way, it is unable to continue sending pain signals to the brain. The pain relief from this procedure may last six months or more. While this is a new type of procedure, radiofrequency energy has been used in medical procedures for over 75 years and is very safe.

Dr. Nomen Azeem, of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, is excited to offer this treatment and says, “The genicular nerve block and radiofrequency ablation of the knee has been a great option for several of our patients who suffer from chronic knee pain.”

A recent patient who is happy with the results achieved just one week after his procedure said, “I’ve had pain since my knee replacement. Nothing provided me with any pain relief, aside from drugs. This procedure has provided 95 percent pain relief so far. It has definitely helped my quality of life.”

For more information on Dr Nomen Azeem, please click HERE. To explore the full web site please click HERE.

 

 

HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOU HAVE FOOT OR ANKLE ARTHRITIS?

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Do you find yourself limiting your activities due to pain and stiffness in your foot and/or ankle?

Arthritis of the foot and ankle is a common problem that can frequently occur as a result of previous injuries or as a degenerative process related to aging. It is also seen as a result of inflammatory conditions such as gout, rheumatoid, or psoriatic arthritis.

Arthritis of the foot and ankle doesn’t have to limit your ability to enjoy your daily activities. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet discovered the ‘fountain of youth,’ or a true cure for arthritis, but we do have ways to improve your pain and functional level. Numerous non-surgical options including bracing, shoe wear changes, activity modifications, physical therapy, oral or topical medications, or injections are available. These can make a big difference in your ability to enjoy life.

On occasion, non-surgical methods can’t give quite enough relief and a discussion of surgical options may be beneficial.

If you are struggling with foot or ankle arthritis, let us help get you back on your feet… back to work… back in the game… back to life!

For more information or an appointment with Dr. Eric James, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, call 941-951-2663.  You may read more about Dr. James at our physician page by clicking HERE or, for more information on this topic, go to THIS LINK.

KEEP CALM AND EAT DARK CHOCOLATE …

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For years, we’ve been told to eat healthy and exercise daily, but who can resist the sensual temptation of a Godiva Cappuccino truffle, a Ghirardelli Evening Dream Bar, or a classic Lindt treat? Gosh, even a milk chocolate Hershey kiss will do in a pinch when getting a yen for chocolate.

News broke last week from a new study with a burst of excitement … chocolate may be GOOD for you. WooHoo. A recent discovery of PHENOLIC ACTIVE COMPOUNDS (anti-oxidants) found in THEOBROMA CACOA (cocoa seed) has shown to have abundant benefits by eating chocolate, particularly dark chocolate.   Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of these compounds with little sugar while milk chocolate still contains the beneficial compound but with higher sugar content.

There are health risks and those include a high calorie count and a contributing factor to bone density health. However, the potential benefits include:  blood pressure improvement, mood enhancement, appetite reduction, stroke prevention, improved memory, increased HDL cholesterol (the good kind), reduced cardiovascular risk, lower stress levels, and even skin improvement. This doesn’t give us the green light to stuff ourselves with high quantities of chocolate but it does give some satisfaction minimizing our guilt when enjoying an occasional dark truffle.

More research is still being done and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check with your physician before adding chocolate to your diet. Since seeing my family physician last week, I now hear a Dove Dark Promise calling my name.

Your thoughts?  Comment below.

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Treating Arthritic Back Pain: A SOLUTION

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Arthritis or Osteoarthritis that causes back pain can be a debilitating condition for the people who suffer from it, and a challenging condition for physicians to treat. Arthritis of the back affects the facet joints in the spine and although these joints can be injected, studies have shown that this may only provide temporary pain relief.  With the recent technological advances in the field of interventional pain medicine, physicians now have the ability to block the pain from these joints for a much longer period of time.

Radiofrequency ablation is an outpatient procedure in which a specialized needle is used to apply heat directly to the nerves causing pain. After the nerves are heated, they are unable to continue sending pain signals. In addition to back pain, radiofrequency ablation is often used to treat buttock pain, posterior thigh pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches. Studies have shown that radiofrequency ablation can reduce pain severity and frequency in the majority of patients with facet arthritis for up to one to two years.

Radiofrequency ablation is carried out in two steps. In the first procedure, which is diagnostic, a medication is injected into the back over the sensory nerves of the facet joints, also known as the medial branch nerves. This medication serves to temporarily block the pain signals.

If a patient gets pain relief from the diagnostic procedure, the doctor will move forward with the second step, which is the actual radiofrequency ablation.

Nomen Azeem, MD has seen a vast increase in quality of life for hundreds of his patients, without having to resort to invasive surgery or increased medication. He is a double board-certified Interventional Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and an expert in minimally invasive procedures for treating arthritic back pain, including spondylosis, degenerative changes, and osteoarthritis. Click HERE for more information about Dr Azeem.

 

 

 

OOOOOH BABY – PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC CARE

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Did you know that Sarasota Orthopedic Associates provides orthopedic care for children as well as adults?

A pediatric orthopedic physician is specially trained in treating children from newborns to teens. Children are not just small adults. Many times, they are unable to communicate their discomfort or comply during an exam. Pediatric orthopedic physicians are experts in approaching children effectively to provide the best treatment in a friendly setting.

Typical pediatric orthopedic treatments may include those of child spinal deformity, limping/gait, broken bones, and joint infections or tumors. Children are still in a rapid growth phase and respond differently to treatment than adults. The good news is the bones of children heal faster than an adult.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we see many child/teen sports injuries involving the elbow, shoulder, ankle, and knee from activities like baseball, football, and gymnastics. These injuries may be either traumatic events like a fracture, or, a minor injury like a sprain from overuse; both injuries benefit from the skill and expertise of a pediatric orthopedic physician.

Our children are our greatest natural resource and the pediatric orthopedic physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates are trained to help keep your children healthy, strong, and thriving. Check HERE for more.

WHEN A HAND NEEDS A HAND

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Many people are unaware that there are specialties within physical therapy treatment.  One of those specialties is Hand Therapy which requires an extensive amount of additional training and certification examination. A candidate must have a minimum of five years as an Occupational or Physical Therapist and accumulate at least 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity experience.

So what, exactly, do Hand Therapists do? Hand Therapists, in coordination with an orthopedic physician, provide therapy for the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder. They manage conditions such as tendon injuries, crush injuries, amputations, and nerve compression to name a few.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we are so proud to offer hand therapy at all three of our locations.  Vivian Robinson, OT/CHT is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist with 27 years of experience. Sangeetha Bulusu, OT/CHT/CLT is and Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, and Certified Lymphedema Therapist with 22 years of experience. Maggie Hilton, OT is an Occupational Therapist with 17 years of experience. These highly skilled women provide therapy under the direction of our SOA physicians, particularly Dr Michael Gordon, a general and pediatric orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in upper extremities, and, Dr Gregory Farino, a general orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in hand and wrist.

This week is HAND THERAPISTS week and we are so proud to highlight our fine team of skilled therapists and physicians who work in tandem for your optimal results. Check out this link on our web page to learn about hand, wrist, and upper extremity treatment.

THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT OF ALL …

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… is hearing recovery success stories from our patients.  Whether it’s in person, on Facebook, a patient survey, a phone call or a letter, we never tire of hearing how we were able to help you. We love knowing you are now able to walk without pain, or lift your grandchild again, or improve your swing on the golf course. We share in your joy and enthusiasm of returning to your lifestyle.  We say it in our mission statement and we sincerely believe it:   Our commitment is to get our patients, back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and BACK TO LIFE.

The highest compliment of all is sending your friends and family members to us when they need an orthopedic physician. Our patients are thrilled to learn that surgery is many times not their only option when they come to us.  We know you have choices, and when you choose SOA, it tells us you’ve placed your confidence and trust in us … THAT makes us proud. Thank you, we appreciate it!

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AN MRI EXAM IN COMFORT? NO WAY!

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An MRI exam (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) can be restricting, loud, and uncomfortable for some people. Others may even experience claustrophobia (fear of closed in spaces).

Now say “goodbye” to the traditional MRI when needing a scan of an extremity. SOA is pleased to announce our newest technology, the digital O-Scan Dedicated Extremity MRI. This new MRI is built ergonomically with patient comfort in mind while providing impeccably detailed imaging of a finger, hand, wrist, elbow, arm, toe, foot, ankle, leg, or knee. Only the extremity needing to be scanned is inserted into the MRI … your head and body remain outside the magnet on a comfortable bed. In fact, it’s so comfy and quiet, you may want to read a book or even nap!

The O-Scan MRI is offered at our Venice office, located at 435 Commercial Court. Visit our website HERE to learn more about Sarasota Orthopedic Associates facilities and our physicians.