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This Could Save You the Trouble of an Injury
Sep 28, 2021
As we blogged yesterday, here is the September Newsletter from Paragon Orthopedic Center.
Paragon September Newsletter Coming Out Tomorrow!
Sep 28, 2021
Here is a sneak peek snippet of what you will learn in our newsletter.
What To Do When Your Knees Balk The Walk
Sep 28, 2021
Have you ever wondered if you shouldn’t go for a walk because your knees ache?
After the Car Jacking in Grants Pass Tuesday, Do You Know How Not to Be a Victim?
Sep 28, 2021
Even though Southern Oregon does not see many car jackings, it is good to know how to prevent one and how to survive one...
Car Jacking in Grants Pass Last Night, 9/14/21
Sep 28, 2021
Sometimes we can feel Southern Oregon is immune to big city problems, but hearing about the violent car...
Use of Fetal Cells for COVID Vaccine
Sep 08, 2021
There has been a lot of misinformation spread nationally about whether or not the COVID vaccines contain fetal cells or if fetal cells were used in the development of them.
Research on Third Shot Shows High Efficacy Against Infection and Serious Illness
Sep 07, 2021
Things we know: the Delta variant of COVID has broken through the vaccine in some cases, the vaccine helps if you get infected, unvaccinated people fuel the spread of the virus, and now, booster shots offer more protection.
Myths About Osteoporosis
Sep 02, 2021
The internet can be a fantastic source of instant, valuable information, but it can also spread a lot of misinformation that can be detrimental to your health. Here is a quick 5 minute read about 10 myths surrounding osteoporosis.
Smoke from Regional Wildfires, Including Oregon, Linked to Increased Covid Risk in Harvard Study
Sep 01, 2021
Researchers were looking for a connection between wildfire smoke in the air and COVID sickness/death in three states: Oregon, California, and Washington. Those three states were chosen because they suffered the most from wildfire air pollution...
Association between levels of Vitamin D and Covid Severity Becoming Stronger
Aug 30, 2021
A study recently came out in August that looked at 1,176 hospitalized patients in Israel with Covid. It found that those with severe or critical cases of Covid were more likely to have very low levels of Vitamin D than those with mild or moderate disease.
Paragon Press August Newsletter: Vaccines
Aug 26, 2021
Dr. Rob Bents took some time to read the most recent COVID research and local developments concerning its spread through our counties, state, and country. He has condensed what he found into the August Paragon Orthopedics Center Newsletter.
Frustrated About Smoke Interfering With Your Workout?
Aug 19, 2021
Unfortunately, Southern Oregon is being hit by smoke that is coming at us from multiple directions from multiple forest fires. Paragon Orthopedics is always encouraging our patients to get out and get exercise...
Experiments in Space to Explore Bone Loss Prevention Using Wine Byproduct
Aug 19, 2021
SpaceX is set to take off later this month and has technology on board to perform a variety of experiments, one of which explores bone loss in space and is using a byproduct of wine making.
Which Olympic Athletes Have The Highest Bone Density?
Aug 05, 2021
In order for you to take a guess as to which Olympic athletes have the highest bone density, you need to know what makes bone dense. That answer is: force that is placed on the bone.
A SLAP Isn’t Something To Laugh About At Paragon
Jul 28, 2021
In orthopedic terms, a SLAP is not a friendly pat on the back. It is an injury frequently seen in patients who have been throwing hard, such as a baseball pitcher, or for prolonged periods, which could be from overuse or over time with age.
If You Drink Hot Beverages, You Might Be Putting Yourself at Risk for Esophageal Cancer
Jul 22, 2021
Some like it hot. A study of over 50, 000 people who drank about 3 cups of hot tea a day at temperatures 140 degrees or greater showed a 90% greater chance of having esophageal cancers.
Make Sure Your Healthcare Data is Safe
Jul 20, 2021
Cyber crimes seem to top the headlines weekly. Have you considered whether your healthcare data is safe? U.S. News and World Report has a checklist for you. Click on the article below to access their 11 strategies for keeping your data safe.
Los Angeles County Mask Mandate Return May Signal A Spreading Problem
Jul 16, 2021
As of a minute before midnight on Saturday, the county that is home to our nation’s second largest city will wear their masks again while indoors, even if they have been vaccinated.
What Does It Mean When My Joints Make Popping Sounds?
Jul 07, 2021
Have you wondered if that clicking noise in your ankle means something awful is going on in there? Does your hip click when you get up from sitting? Does your shoulder pop when you raise your arm?
How Does Our Fire Danger Level Affect You Now That It Has Been Raised?
Jun 30, 2021
It is not a surprise that the fire danger level has gone up to yellow in both Jackson and Josephine counties after we have endured so many continuous days of sweltering heat, but do you know how this affects you?
Are You Keeping Your Cool?
Jun 28, 2021
You’d literally have to be under a rock to not know we are in the middle of a heat wave in Southern Oregon. Going underground might be the only place to be naturally cool right now.
How to Handle the Heatwave
Jun 23, 2021
If you haven’t heard, a heatwave is hitting Southern Oregon. Temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees around the region on Sunday. Heatstroke is likely if you do not take appropriate measures while out in that kind of heat.
How Do You Know If Your Collarbone Is Broken?
Jun 16, 2021
The collarbone is also known as the clavicle and connects your breastbone to your shoulder blade. Broken clavicles are fairly common and seen in many age groups. They usually happen in the young from a sports injury, and in the older ages from falls.
Flag Day 2021 is Today! Do You Know What We Are Celebrating?
Jun 14, 2021
Here in Grants Pass, the American Legion is having an Open House to celebrate Flag Day from 2pm-5pm today. They are located at 206 NW F Street. Why do we celebrate Flag Day, you ask?
Paragon Press June 2021 Newsletter
Jun 10, 2021
Just sent out yesterday to our email subscribers, the June Paragon Orthopedic Center newsletter is here! This month, we are discussing HIPAA. It has become a hot topic when speaking of the Covid vaccine and who can ask whether you have received it.
Hip Pain and Diagnostic Hip Arthroscopy
Jun 08, 2021
To piggyback on yesterday’s blog where we explored whether a hip replacement might be necessary for you, here is information right on our Paragon Orthopedic website about hip arthroscopy.
How Do You Know If You Need A Hip Replacement?
Jun 07, 2021
Having hip or knee pain affects every part of your life as you move about your day. Even sitting can become painful. Here we will provide eight signs that it might be time to have your joint replaced.
June is National Dairy Month
Jun 04, 2021
We at Paragon Orthopedics Center know milk is not the only way to get your daily calcium, but it is one of the most natural and effective ways to get what you need for strong bones.
Paragon Press May Newsletter: Trigger Finger
May 27, 2021
As we told you in a previous blog, here is the May edition of the Paragon Press newsletter with more information about trigger finger. These are so common that Dr. Bents sees patients at Paragon Orthopedics Center...
What You Don’t Know About Sunscreen Can Hurt You
May 26, 2021
Memorial Day weekend is coming and along with it in Southern Oregon, some really sunny weather. Are you thinking about protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays?
What Mattress Is Best For Lower Back Pain?
May 17, 2021
With around 16 million Americans complaining they suffer with back pain, there are many people who could use a mattress that doesn’t leave them with more discomfort. Finding the right one for you can be tricky and daunting in a showroom.
Who Needs A Bone Density Test?
May 12, 2021
Maybe you or someone you know was told you needed a bone density test. Doctors use this test for a few reasons...
Paragon Orthopedics Center Honors Our Military Members
May 10, 2021
Back in 1999, Congress declared May as Military Appreciation month. We at Paragon are encouraging everyone throughout Southern Oregon to recognize those in your circle who have served or are currently serving our country.
Take Time To Care For Your Mental Health
May 05, 2021
Paragon Orthopedics is always happy to help you with your orthopedic needs and our blog addresses other aspects of your health because we care about your overall health. Today we’re looking into how you feel: your mental health.
What Is A Trigger Finger And Can Paragon Orthopedics Help?
May 03, 2021
Trigger finger is a condition where most often the patient complains about the finger getting “stuck” or “caught” during movement. Sometimes it’s with extension, and sometimes it’s when you flex your fingers into a fist.
Oregon Mask Mandate Amended For High School Sports
Apr 27, 2021
Good news came out late yesterday for high school athletes in non-contact sports. For sports such as golf, tennis, and track, you do not have to wear a mask during competition, but you still need to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others.
Better Health Begins With One Change
Apr 23, 2021
The past year has been tough on everyone, and for many, our health has suffered. Some reasons for that are beyond our control, but some we can change. Focus only on what you can control and simplify.
Paragon Press April Newsletter
Apr 20, 2021
Here is our monthly newsletter put out by Paragon Orthopedics Center. This month is focusing on Stress Fractures. We will help you understand what they are (not true fractures, by the way), risk factors...
Plant-based Protein Versus Animal: Which Should I Eat?
Apr 15, 2021
Protein is important for building strong bones and muscles, having a strong immune system, and enzyme/hormone regulation. We’d like for you to think about how you get the protein you eat.
Exercises To Improve Your Golf Game
Apr 11, 2021
Golf seems to be one sport that Covid did not affect. Many people got in their usual swings uninterrupted. Others have picked it up as a new way to get out and some exercise.
Foods That May Weaken Your Immune System
Apr 08, 2021
We all eat foods we shouldn’t, but some of them might be wreaking havoc on our body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses, which is very important as we navigate life with the coronavirus.
Handshake Alternatives: News Of A Lighter Sort
Apr 06, 2021
In case you missed out on an April Fool’s joke and you need a reason to giggle, this article might give you a reason or two to smile. The Coronavirus is serious, but some of the suggested alternatives to a handshake out there in this pandemic are comical.
My Shoulder Feels Like Something Is Catching…
Apr 05, 2021
When you move your shoulder, does it feel like something is in there? Some people have the sensation that their shoulder “catches,” is painful, and/or has limited motion. This could be from a loose body.
Donate Life: April Is Organ Donation Awareness Month
Apr 01, 2021
April is the month set aside to give thought to organ donation, the hope that it provides those who are facing mortality, and honor those who have given life through a donation.
Study of Vegan Diet Shows Impact on Bone Health
Mar 31, 2021
The vegan way of eating avoids meat, eggs, and dairy. While this diet can have a positive impact on heart health, diabetes, and some cancers, it can be missing key nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D, and some B vitamins.
Are You At Risk For A Fall?
Mar 25, 2021
Paragon Orthopedics Center sees patients weekly, and sometimes daily, who are suffering injuries from a fall. Many of these could have been prevented. According to the CDC, one out of every five falls results in an injury.
New, Lower Recommended Age For Diabetes Testing
Mar 18, 2021
The obesity epidemic in our country has driven the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to lower the recommended age for diabetes testing to 35. When this federal advisory board makes a recommendation, it means insurers will generally offer the testing...
Paragon Orthopedics Center March Newsletter
Mar 17, 2021
Here is the Paragon Press March Newsletter from Paragon Orthopedics Center here in Grants Pass. This month, we are providing information about blood thinners, some herbs you might not know thin your blood...
Paragon Targeted By Fake Facebook Account
Mar 16, 2021
If you checked out our Paragon Orthopedic Center Facebook page recently, you might have read a post/review with a false accusation against our staff. This was investigated and the “person” was not a patient of ours...
I Had Carpal Tunnel And I Still Have Symptoms. Is This Normal?
Mar 15, 2021
The Mayo Clinic fielded this question, which contains excellent information about what carpal tunnel is, as well as the healing process after you have surgery to repair it. Some people have immediate relief from their pain, but some don’t...
Looking Out For The Mature Women In Your Life
Mar 10, 2021
Did you know that women can lose up to 25% of their bone mass in the first ten years after menopause? The good news is that women can do something about it. In honor of International Day of Women that we blogged about on Monday...
Paragon Orthopedic Center Celebrates International Day of Women
Mar 08, 2021
When we all work together, both men and women, progress is made for all. Take the time to appreciate the women in your life and the work that they do. All of us contribute to make our society better...
Do You Constantly Focus On Your Health Issues?
Mar 04, 2021
There is a newer way of approaching what used to be called hypochondria, where patients have chronic anxiety about their health and can’t stop thinking about their health issues.
Spring Is Here! Are Your Knees Ready?
Mar 02, 2021
The garden is calling you for attention. This nice spring weather in Southern Oregon beckons you to get outside and play. Maybe some golf or flag football? After being more sedentary in the winter, you might find your knees not cooperating...
Youth sports set to begin, but are their bodies?
Feb 24, 2021
Southern Oregon is finally starting to see news about prep sports, now that schools have been given the green light, and kids are more than ready to get out there! Paragon Orthopedic Center would like you to keep in mind...
What Does Herd Immunity Mean?
Feb 23, 2021
With the prospects of being immunized for Covid-19 increasing as the doses become more available, the news is reporting how we need higher numbers of vaccinated people to achieve herd immunity.
Are Your Hands Hurting?
Feb 18, 2021
With so many people working from home on their computers due to Covid shutdowns, some people are experiencing hand pain after typing more hours than usual. Have you wondered if you have carpal tunnel syndrome?
Paragon Press February Newsletter
Feb 15, 2021
mRNA and Why You Need To Know What It Is If you are reading about the Covid-19 vaccines our nation is rolling out, then maybe you saw something about mRNA. The two vaccines offered throughout the U.S. have been made using mRNA...
Love Is In The Air…
Feb 11, 2021
With love in the minds of many this month, do you love your bones? Let Paragon Orthopedic Center give you reasons why you should. It’s a long-term commitment with only a few demands.
Avoiding An Injury When It’s Icy
Feb 10, 2021
The temperature in Southern Oregon has been dipping down to freezing lately, which in some areas has left icy spots on asphalt and concrete. Do you know the best ways to walk on ice?
Got Shoulder Pain?
Feb 08, 2021
Spring in the Rogue Valley invites us to get outdoors and tackle projects that the winter weather kept us from doing. We have had some pretty nice days and if you have started in on these projects...
Know CPR: Save A Life In Two Steps
Feb 07, 2021
To continue with the heart awareness theme in the month of February, Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to remind you that CPR for the general public has changed to hands-only, or compressions without the mouth-to-mouth breathing.
Grants Pass Surgery Center Is An Asset To Southern Oregon And You
Feb 03, 2021
The newspaper has reported that the local hospitals are full, which has impacted orthopedic surgeries. If there aren’t any beds, the surgeons cannot do their surgeries because there is nowhere to put the patient when the surgery is done.
February is National Heart Awareness Month and Here Is What You Can Do!
Feb 01, 2021
The American Heart Association brings awareness to heart issues every February and Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to increase your awareness of hypertension. What is that you ask?
What is Long COVID?
Jan 28, 2021
There is a curious phenomenon out there referring to some long-term effects after being infected with the coronavirus and they are naming it “Long COVID.” Some say enduring these effects for weeks and months is worse than when they initially fell ill...
Asante offering antibody treatment for Covid-19
Jan 28, 2021
The FDA has given emergency use approval of a monoclonal antibody treatment for the coronavirus and Asante is one of four providers in the state of Oregon to do so. It is only offered to newly diagnosed patients and there are other criteria ...
Paragon Orthopedic Center Makes Visits Easy
Jan 25, 2021
Did you know Paragon Orthopedic Center has its own patient portal? It’s called MyChart and it gives you control of your appointment and information. You can manage your appointments, access test results, and even get answers to your questions.
This Is A Challenge You Can’t Miss!
Jan 21, 2021
The Wall Street Journal has opened their first national fitness challenge and it’s an offer you can’t refuse. It requires no equipment, takes only 6 weeks, can be performed almost anywhere, it’s FREE, and can help you feel stronger!
How’s That New Year’s Resolution Going?
Jan 20, 2021
We are almost 3 weeks into the new year and maybe you need a little encouragement to stick with your resolution to be a healthier person. Paragon Orthopedic Center wants good health for everyone.
When Do I Quarantine If I’m Covid-19 Positive? For How Long?
Jan 19, 2021
Have you had questions like these come up in your circles lately? There is some misinformation out there about isolation after testing Covid positive and Paragon Orthopedic Center has found an article that addresses practically every question...
How Long Until I Am Immune?
Jan 16, 2021
Everyone is talking about when the vaccine for the Coronavirus is available to them. Now that the vaccine is here in Southern Oregon and more people are getting it, a question keeps popping up: how long before it works?
Paragon Orthopedics Continues to Keep You Safe
Jan 13, 2021
Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass puts patients first as their priority, especially during this epidemic. We want you to know we continue to thoroughly sanitize our office and have all of our staff wearing masks at all times.
Why Surgery and Smoking Cannot Mix
Jan 12, 2021
If you are a smoker and have been seen by Dr. Bents or Dr. Van Horne at the Paragon Orthopedic Center, then you know that they will not do orthopedic surgery on you until you have stopped smoking.
Covid-19 Virus Variants Are Here, But What Now?
Jan 07, 2021
There have been variants of the Covid virus detected in countries abroad such as England, China, and South Africa, and some stateside, such as Colorado, California, and Florida.
Are You Making New Year’s Resolutions? Here Is What Experts Say About Them
Jan 04, 2021
Nearly 2 in 5 Americans has made a resolution for 2021, and three-quarters of those say the pandemic has shaped their goals. The experts are saying that during this time of uncertainty, with Covid continuing to alter and shape our lives...
USDA New Guidelines Include No Sugar For Children Under Two
Dec 30, 2020
For the first time, the governmental body which recommends dietary guidelines has advice about toddlers and babies: no added sugars. None. Take a look at the contents of many processed foods and you’ll likely find added sugar.
Human Body Temperature Is Lower Than You Learned
Dec 29, 2020
Researchers have looked into the 98.6 degree F body temperature we all learned and found that over the past 200 years, it has decreased 0.05 F every ten years. Why, you ask? It could be from environmental changes.
Fish oil, vitamin D supplements not beneficial to cardiac health
Dec 21, 2020
A study that has been applauded for being well done with a diverse sampling of races shows that fish oil and vitamin D do not help prevent atrial fibrillation nor help cardiac health, as has been touted.
New Study Shows Vegans at Significantly Higher Risk of Bone Fractures
Dec 21, 2020
The study results that emerged this past week about how people on a vegan diet showed increased incidences of bone fractures included that vegetarians and pescatarians also showed similar increases.
Do you know you fracture risk?
Dec 16, 2020
If you have never looked into whether or not you’re at risk for a bone fracture, Paragon Orthopedic Center has something for you today. Here is a completely free tool from americanbonehealth.org to help you understand your chances...
Is what you think you know about the Covid vaccine fact or fiction?
Dec 15, 2020
The Paragon Orthopedic Center newsletter for the month of December is hot off the presses and it’s timely news you’ll want to read. We are covering the Covid-19 immunizations that are rolling out this week.
December Newsletter Coming Soon!
Dec 12, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center here in Grants Pass publishes its own newsletter every month. Our goal is to keep you knowledgeable on all things concerning your health.
Can Walking Help Me Lose Weight?
Dec 10, 2020
Why not go for a walk with all the extra time you have? Working from home, you’re saving on commute time, you might be waiting for your job to return, or maybe your life is just on hold.
How do I know I’m experiencing Covid-19, the flu, a cold, or allergies?
Dec 06, 2020
Have you noticed that you pay more attention to someone who casually coughs or sneezes this winter? I think we’re all on hyper alert for Covid-19 in others around us, and even for ourselves.
When “Don’t Worry Be Happy” Isn’t Enough….
Dec 03, 2020
Wintertime is a time when some people get the blues. The weather cools and makes you want to stay in bed, the sun shines less, and our Southern Oregon fog can hang around for the entire day.
Dec 01, 2020
Have you felt down in 2020? With the mandates that were given to us from our leaders for Thanksgiving this year, you might have felt distressed as traditions were upended and gatherings became different.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a downer this year
Nov 23, 2020
The news seems to be frequently telling us what we can’t do this Thanksgiving. Many have given up on their usual plans. Paragon Orthopedic Center wants you to stay positive through these uncertain days...
Want to reduce the amount of sugar you eat?
Nov 22, 2020
Sugar can be found in almost every processed food. The candy aisles are crowded with sugar-filled snacks. The malls have stores with sugary offerings everywhere you look.
National Diabetes Awareness Month
Nov 17, 2020
Diabetes is an epidemic. The statistics are staggering with millions at risk. November is the month to educate yourself about it, its symptoms, how it affects a people, and know your risks.
Paragon Orthopedic Center Honors Veterans Everywhere
Nov 14, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center is grateful for all who have served our country to give us the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. Our own Dr. Rob Bents served in the United States Air Force for about 17 years active duty.
November Paragon Press newsletter
Nov 11, 2020
Hot off the presses! Here is the November Paragon Press newsletter. This month’s topic: arthroscopy. Why do you need to know anything about this? Well it is one of the most common orthopedic procedures...
Superglue for cuts?
Nov 05, 2020
Yes, indeed there is a superglue for wounds. It is NOT the same substance used for household repairs though. The type you can use on skin is less toxic and has additives that make it flexible, allowing it to give with the push and pull of your skin.
Don’t Forget To Vote
Nov 03, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to remind everyone to get out and vote the changes you want to see in our world. It’s a right, it’s a privilege, and your vote matters!
How Healthy Is Your Colon? You should know.
Oct 29, 2020
I‘d imagine not very many of you know exactly how healthy your colon is. Without screening, colorectal cancer is one of those cancers you usually don’t know you have until it is advanced.
What are the symptoms of a trigger finger?
Oct 28, 2020
Are you having trouble extending your finger lately? Is there a bump in the palm of your hand that is hurting you? You might be experiencing what is known as a trigger finger.
New Face Mask Mandates in Oregon; Advising People to Not Wear Face Shields
Oct 26, 2020
Oregon’s Governor came out with new mandates last week for wearing face masks after seeing an increase in the statewide case numbers, and this included 1 in Josephine County and 18 in Jackson County.
Need a healthy snack? It’s National Popcorn Popping Month!
Oct 22, 2020
Is popcorn a wonder food? I think we’ve all had some at some point in our lives. I bet you can’t think of anyone who hates it because it is very versatile. Popcorn has long been used in the movie theaters...
Yam vs. Sweet Potato…You Need To Know This!
Oct 19, 2020
The holiday season is approaching and Paragon Orthopedic Center would like you to be the best you this year by providing information to help you make smart, informed food choices.
Increasing Job Satisfaction
Oct 14, 2020
If you don’t feel like you make a difference at work, not only your job satisfaction, but your overall feeling of worth, can become very low. How can you improve how satisfied you are on the job?
Happy Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day from Paragon Orthopedic Center
Oct 12, 2020
You might not have noticed it was Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day until you went to get your mail and found none. Here are some facts you might not know about the day or Christopher Columbus.
Google Maps Give You The Latest On COVID-19 Cases In Your Area
Oct 05, 2020
Did you know that Google has rolled out an overlay to give you the most up to date information about the cases where you travel? You just click on the overlay icon on the upper right corner of the screen after you open Google Maps...
Covid-19, Obesity, and Death
Oct 03, 2020
Do you know your BMI, or body mass index? It is found by using weight in pounds, divided by height in inches squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.
Vaccines: Are They Safe For Me To Take?
Sep 30, 2020
The quick answer: Yes! Research, rigorous testing, clinical trials on people, and the Food and Drug Administration make sure they are safe before they are used. Vaccines are the best way we have to protect against many illnesses.
High Impact Exercises Impacting Your Bones
Sep 29, 2020
Today we will go over why high impact exercises are necessary for strong bones and what those exercises are. After writing the Paragon blog yesterday about resistance bands, this is a good moment for you to assess whether you should add a high impact...
Covid Restrictions, Workouts, and Resistance Bands
Sep 28, 2020
Covid restrictions, workouts, and resistance bands….what do these three have in common? Bone buidling! Don’t get it? I will explain. Covid-19 restrictions have forced gyms to mandate masks, which can be tough when your heart rate is up...
Give Your Immune System a Boost
Sep 24, 2020
The Paragon Orthopedic Center blog gives you many opportunities to think about what you’re eating, whether it’s healthy choices, the newest food fad (Remember charcoal?), or foods high in calcium for strong bones.
Paragon Orthopedic Center September Newsletter
Sep 20, 2020
Enjoy this month’s newsletter to help you understand the symptoms of the seasonal flu and those of Covid-19. As the weather gets colder, you might wonder what that sniffle could mean.
What You Might Be Doing Wrong While Sitting At Your Computer
Sep 16, 2020
The Coronavirus limitations have made many of our daily activities relate to a computer, whether it is your child’s schooling, shopping online, or working remotely. Some of you have even had your appointments with Paragon Orthopedic Center online...
Another consideration to quit smoking with all this smoke
Sep 15, 2020
If you live in Southern Oregon and you don’t smoke, you might be having trouble breathing, or feeling a burning sensation in your throat, or experiencing headaches as a side effect.
News Flash-One egg a day will not increase your risk of heart attack!
Sep 11, 2020
We are here to unscramble the information out there that declares eggs to be bad guys for your health. Maybe an angry chicken got the rumor started, but research can put the myths to bed.
Seven Foods Higher In Calcium Than Milk
Sep 09, 2020
When it comes to calcium-rich foods, milk is almost always at the top of the list. Paragon Orthopedic Center would like you to make note of 5 foods you can incorporate easily into your diet to get a daily charge of calcium for strong bones.
Fractures After A Fall…Could It Mean Something Bigger Is Going On?
Sep 07, 2020
We all have risen from either lying down or sitting and felt a little dizzy. For some, this ends up with a complete, uncontrolled fall to the ground that results in a fracture.
What Type of Mask Is Best? Which Are Not Effective?
Sep 05, 2020
With requirements for wearing face masks nearly everywhere these days, you’re probably seeing an increasing variety: some clear shields, some shields that only cover a portion of your face, bandanas, masks that have vents, and even literal gas masks.
Golfer’s Elbow…or Is It Tennis Elbow?
Sep 02, 2020
Golfer’s elbow is pain that occurs on the inside of the elbow as a result of repeatedly using your wrist and clenching your fingers. The pain stems from damage to the muscles and tendons that work the fingers and wrist.
What do you do when you dislocate your shoulder?
Sep 01, 2020
You’re sliding into second base and your shoulder pops out. You fall down unexpectedly and feel your shoulder pop. You see someone who has been in a car accident and they can’t move their arm.
DVT and Orthopedic Surgery
Aug 28, 2020
One of the big risk factors when having orthopedic surgery is developing a deep vein thrombosis, or a DVT. This is a blood clot that develops within a deep vein after surgery and can travel to places such as your lungs...
Bone Health: Got it?
Aug 27, 2020
I recently had someone tell me they didn’t need to take calcium supplements, saying they haven’t had a bone fracture yet at the age of 50, so they must be okay. You cannot tell what might be in your future.
Coronavirus Myths and Facts
Aug 24, 2020
The reputable Mayo Clinic has put out an article that details many of the things people have said might help fight the coronavirus…and there have been so many. You need a reputable source of information for this...
Paragon Orthopedic Center August Newsletter
Aug 20, 2020
Have you ever wondered what happens after you break a bone and what affects your healing time? Find out more about this and if you can do anything to help your bones heal faster right here...
Osteoporosis and Coronavirus
Aug 18, 2020
If you have osteoporosis, the recent sheltering requirements and limited healthcare might have caused a bump in your treatment regimen. Please know if you had to miss an appointment for an injection or visit, it will not impact your long-term bone health.
Stressed Out? Eat to fight it!
Aug 03, 2020
Many patients who come into Paragon Orthopedic Center are stressed. They have questions about a bone condition, the future of their health is unclear, or a life-changing surgery is on the horizon.
What casts do they use at Paragon Orthopedic Center and how do I care for a cast?
Jul 30, 2020
Summertime in Southern Oregon is a fun time, but sometimes accidents happen to children during that fun, and sometimes those accidents involve a broken bone.
New Mask Requirements in Oregon for Public Places and Getting Kids to Wear Masks
Jul 27, 2020
It is comforting to know that we continue to have fewer cases of the coronavirus in Southern Oregon than many major cities around the country, but we all need to do our part to keep the numbers low.
Bouncing Back From Being Told You Can’t, Stop, No, Don’t, or Just Plain Rejection
Jul 24, 2020
Being told you can’t is hard for some of us, such as when you can’t enter a store without a mask, or being told your job has been eliminated and you can’t work there anymore.
Do you understand why a mask is important to reduce the Covid cases?
Jul 21, 2020
The CDC came out on July 14th to say that masks are one of the strongest weapons we have against the spread of COVID-19 right now and they are calling on Americans to use them, saying it is their responsibility to protect themselves and others.
Paragon Press July Newsletter
Jul 21, 2020
The July newsletter from Paragon Orthopedic Center dives into a seasonal topic this month. Southern Oregon is famous for its summer river activities and we want people to be aware of the dangers while enjoying our beautiful waterways.
Let’s talk about mean people. The science behind bullying
Jul 17, 2020
Bullying is based on intimidation and it’s not only found among kids on the playground. With all the stress in our world right now and a lack of control, there are adult bullies who find comfort by intimidating others...
How to Have a Constructive Argument
Jul 14, 2020
You have to admit, there is a lot of material out there right now for arguments. The newspapers here in Southern Oregon, the television stations around the world, and the radio stations right here in Grants Pass...
New Oregon Covid cases with zip code map shows Josephine and Jackson counties remain low
Jul 07, 2020
The news is providing us with numbers that indicate Oregon Covid cases are rising, but you might wonder how our counties in Southern Oregon compare to the whole state. Yesterday, July 6th, OregonLive.com put out an interactive map with numbers...
Happy Independence Day!
Jul 03, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center wishes Southern Oregon a wonderful, relaxing Fourth of July! We are all itching to have our barbecues and get-togethers, but please remember to keep your 6 feet of distance from others to minimize Covid transmission...
Will the annual flu vaccination help fight the novel Coronavirus?
Jun 29, 2020
You might be wondering why you can’t get the seasonal flu vaccination and have some protection against Covid-19. The two flu viruses are different, so one vaccination does not work for the other.
The Best Coronavirus Prevention Advice
Jun 29, 2020
With no vaccine to prevent illness from the Covid-19 virus, we can only do our best to prevent exposure to it. As we discussed in the last blog, there are many more asymptomatic people with Covid-19 than first thought...
How many people with Coronavirus are asymptomatic?
Jun 27, 2020
Now that enough time has passed, results of studies are coming out about those who have had the Coronavirus. Some of the research is showing that asymptomatic people with Covid-19 shed the virus for less time (8 days versus 19 for those with symptoms)...
Getting the Rest You Need
Jun 24, 2020
There are an abundance of stressors in the world right now. Covid cases are increasing, restrictions are going back in place in some Oregon counties, and social unrest affects us all no matter where you live or what the color of your skin is.
Juneteenth Should Be Important To Us All
Jun 20, 2020
Some think Juneteenth is a celebration only in the black community. If you are loving the freedoms you have here in our wonderful country, then you should also be celebrating...
How Diet Affects the Performance of Young, Female Athletes
Jun 18, 2020
It has been found that the diets of young, female athletes may be deficient in the nutrients necessary to keep them at the top of their game. The reason? Primarily, it’s lack of education about a rounded, nutritious diet.
Walking the RIGHT way
Jun 11, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center is always trying to get people moving more and exercise to keep your body in optimal health. Some of the orthopedic injuries seen at Paragon Orthopedics can be attributed to a lack of exercise and could have been prevented.
Can I get sick with Covid-19 twice?
Jun 08, 2020
Can I really get this coronavirus again? Everyone wants to know and the short answer is: we don’t know for sure. Fortunately, the investigations being done in South Korea have shown that none of those who tested positive a second time ...
Paragon Press June Newsletter
Jun 06, 2020
The monthly newsletter from Paragon Orthopedic Center covers information about Covid-19 testing because a lot of misinformation is being spread. Do you know the difference between an antibody test and a diagnostic test?
Jun 03, 2020
With many of you seeking information about your upcoming orthopedic surgery, did you know you can do things for your body before you go NPO? Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne have straightforward expectations...
Staying At Home Brings On The Pain
Jun 03, 2020
You might have been thinking staying at home from work would be a piece of cake, looking forward to doing all those things on your list. Then, as you did activities at home that your body isn’t used to doing, you’ve developed aches and pains.
Don’t we all need a break? Here’s some good news.
May 29, 2020
The coronavirus has brought plenty of bad news: restrictions over where you can go and what you must wear, concerts and sporting events cancelled, your summer vacation plans have dramatically changed, and all those camps for the kids are uncertain.
Eat Alone=Eat Less
May 26, 2020
Researchers at the University of Birmingham found that people apparently eat more when with others. They found people who ate with family and friends ate up to 48 percent more than when they ate alone.
Paragon Salutes Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
May 25, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center is especially thankful this Memorial Day in a time when we are limited by a global pandemic. We are thankful for those who paid the ultimate price so that we can aspire to great things in our magnificent country.
Southern Oregon Outdoor Activities Reopening!
May 20, 2020
Phase one of the governor’s plan to reopen Oregon has begun, but it might be difficult to understand what outdoor opportunities are open, partially open, or continue to be closed.
New admission procedure at Paragon Orthopedic Center
May 19, 2020
As restrictions are lifted and people move around the area more, the chances of exposure to the Covid-19 virus increase. Paragon Orthopedic Center is trying its best to keep the curve down and you safe.
Paragon Orthopedic Center New Safety Policies For Patient Visits
May 13, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center here in Grants Pass is doing its best to contain the COVID-19 virus and asks that every patient who comes in to wear a mask. Because of social distancing rules, we are having patients wait for appointments vehicles...
Your Mental Health, Part 2
May 06, 2020
We recently blogged about the importance of having ways to cope with the stress of all the world’s changes. At Paragon Orthopedic Center, we do care about your orthopedic health, however, do not neglect your mental well-being.
9 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Health
May 04, 2020
After a month of staying home with limited interpersonal contact, you might be reaching a point when you feel sad, depressed, or disappointed. We understand.
Exercising Outdoors and COVID-19
May 02, 2020
Are you risking your health if you exercise outside during this shutdown? Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to encourage Southern Oregon to continue getting exercise that will not only help your physical shape...
Some light-hearted facts from Paragon Orthopedic Center
Apr 29, 2020
This novel coronavirus brings about new statistics and knowledge every day, and maybe some stress with it. To counter this, Paragon Orthopedic Center brings you a few less-important-but-highly-interesting facts to lighten up your day.
Public Health in the Aftermath of COVID-19; A Second Wave of Concerns
Apr 27, 2020
Many are feeling relief right now about the return of elective surgeries, which includes dentist visits and general medicine clinics. Paragon Orthopedic Center is opening its doors this Friday and our staff is doing an amazing job...
Elective surgeries given the green light in Oregon
Apr 24, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center is actively filling slots for patients to be seen in the clinic and the surgery center here in Grants Pass and our staff couldn’t be happier to let you know about this.
Elective surgery gets the green light in Oregon, says the governor
Apr 23, 2020
Great news came today from Oregon’s Governor Brown just this morning. She has announced that elective surgeries may proceed as of May 1, 2020. Paragon Orthopedic Center realizes many of you missed your surgery dates due to the coronavirus epidemic...
COVID myth busters
Apr 23, 2020
There is so much misinformation about the coronavirus and its transmission going around social media. Many people are wondering who they can turn to for solid advice that isn’t based on false information or fear...
Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne Doing ‘Telemedicine’
Apr 20, 2020
In this time of socially distancing ourselves and limiting interactions, Paragon Orthopedic Center is switching some patient visits to virtual online and telephone appointments.
Elective surgeries to resume in some states
Apr 17, 2020
Oklahoma and Ohio are looking into allowing elective surgeries to resume this month. Dr. Van Horne and Dr. Bents are paying close attention to this news and are advocating for this in Oregon as soon as it is safe to do so...
When you visit Paragon during the spread of COVID 19
Apr 03, 2020
Guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) for patient interactions seem to change daily and Paragon Orthopedic Center is keeping track of them closely to protect you and our employees.
Paragon Orthopedics response to COVID-19
Mar 26, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass, Oregon is navigating the changes and unprecedented mandates set upon our world and healthcare, always keeping you, our patients, as our priority.
Paragon Orthopedic Center March Newsletter
Mar 09, 2020
Hot off the presses, the March newsletter is here from Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass , Oregon. There are also copies in our waiting area for you to enjoy. Learn a little about what to consider before having joint replacement.
Pregnancy and the body’s need for calcium
Mar 07, 2020
When a woman is pregnant, she needs to make sure she is taking not only enough calcium for her own body, but also for the developing baby inside her. If the mother isn’t consuming enough calcium...
Coronavirus Hits Oregon
Mar 04, 2020
With all the news about the new virus, maybe you aren’t sure what is fact. There is much unknown about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and it can be difficult to know what is truth and what is conjecture.
Obesity’s effect on joint replacement
Mar 03, 2020
A new government study recently released showed that a whopping 42% of Americans are obese. That is about 4 out of every 10 people. Studies show obesity to have negative affects on surgeries.
Many Wait Too Long For Knee Replacement Surgery New Study Shows
Feb 28, 2020
A study this year in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) showed that a whopping 90% of the patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis, wait too long for a knee replacement.
Can Coffee and Cola Beverages Lead to Weaker Bones?
Feb 24, 2020
There is a link between weaker bones and consumption of coffee and cola drinks, but the reason is not clear. It could be due to choosing these drinks over those high in calcium, such as milk.
Coronavirus precautions at home and at Paragon Orthopedic Center
Feb 17, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center is taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously and is asking patients if they have recently been to China at check-in. We want to do what we can to keep you and Southern Oregon safe.
Paragon Orthopedic Center has a sense of humor
Feb 15, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic employees like to make our patients giggle. The next time you’re in our office, check out our models. We have a full size and a miniature decked out in the latest fashions.
February Paragon Press Newsletter
Feb 14, 2020
Have you ever wondered how to fall? There are ways that can minimize bodily damage in a fall. Please read our newsletter to discover something you might have never considered.
The clinic that plays together stays together!
Feb 12, 2020
The clinic that plays together stays together! Paragon Orthopedic Center rang the dinner bell to share a meal and make some memories. Just like a family reunion, we need to reconnect with each other too from time to time.
Did you check your milk nutrition facts?
Feb 05, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center did a newsletter last fall about some of the milks offered in the grocery stores and their nutrition facts. You can find stores in Southern Oregon with many plant-based, organic, and dairy options...
Sponsorship Recognition Night at Hidden Valley High School
Feb 03, 2020
It was Sponsorship Recognition Night at Hidden Valley High School and Dr. Rob Bents was acknowledged for his support of the Girls Varsity Basketball team. They are undefeated this season!
What exactly does an Orthopedic Surgeon do, and other related questions….
Jan 31, 2020
Did you know that you can read accurate answers to some of your orthopedic questions right on the Paragon Orthopedic Center website? You don’t have to guess as to whether the information is credible...
Does Surgery Have You Fearful?
Jan 29, 2020
There is a loss of control in surgery for the patient and for some, this loss causes paralyzing fear. Maybe you are feeling anxious about the changes you will have after surgery.
Getting the most out of a doctor’s appointment
Jan 27, 2020
Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne are good enough at their surgeries to be in demand throughout Southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast. This sometimes means you have a small wait until your appointment date at Paragon Orthopedic Center arrives.
Are you stretching Southern Oregon?
Jan 25, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center’s newsletter for January listed some knee stretches to help prevent injuries. We leave copies in the waiting area at Paragon’s clinic on Ramsey Avenue here in Grants Pass...
Air Pollution May Make Bones Weaker
Jan 24, 2020
Southern Oregon has seen more than its fair share of smoke-filled skies during the summer. Most people understand the direct result of lung problems from breathing the smoke, but did you know it also can affect your bones?
Paragon Orthopedic Center’s January newsletter
Jan 23, 2020
Paragon Orthopedic Center’s January newsletter is here for the good people of Southern Oregon. This month we are featuring valuable information about your knees.
Pickleball and the Possible Dangers
Jan 15, 2020
Around Grants Pass and Southern Oregon, a new sport is being seen and is quickly increasing in popularity. Pickleball is a game similar to tennis, but using a smaller court and a smaller racquet.
Kicking off the year with good bone health
Jan 06, 2020
Healthy is the buzz word for the New Year. A healthy start, healthy bodies, healthy food choices are just some of the headlines. Don’t forget healthy bones and to give them some TLC.
Got cookies? Don’t forget to wash them down with a glass of milk for some calcium!
Dec 17, 2019
Christmastime usually means seeing more cookies and sweets at gatherings. Paragon Orthopedic Center wants to remind everyone to continue to get enough calcium, and cookies go down nicely with milk.
New research encouraging patients to drink fluids until 2 hours before surgery
Dec 13, 2019
Following up on our Paragon Orthopedic Center December newsletter about being NPO before surgery, renowned orthopedic surgeon Michael Ast recently noted the importance of drinking clear liquids up until 2 hours prior to surgery.
Grants Pass Surgery Centers Offers Lower Prices. Period.
Dec 11, 2019
If you read our blog about being NPO before surgery, you will hopefully have a better understanding about the reasons for being NPO and be able to ask educated questions of your surgeon. We know surgery is expensive.
December Paragon Press newsletter
Dec 09, 2019
N.P.O. Do you know what those letters mean? Paragon Orthopedic Center is always striving to educate you and give you clarity on an array of health-related topics.
How much Vitamin D are you getting?
Dec 03, 2019
Vitamin D is necessary for the body to maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphorous. Do you know how much you’re getting? We get Vitamin D from the sun’s rays, foods, sometimes fortified, and supplements.
Natural remedies and their effects on a virus
Nov 25, 2019
Paragon Orthopedic Center put out their monthly newsletter for November to help you understand whether you might have a cold virus or the flu. Catch it on our blog if you missed it.
Paragon Orthopedic Center in Favor of Hospital Disclosure of Prices
Nov 24, 2019
The government wants to force hospitals to disclose all of their prices, thereby giving the consumer more power to make educated choices regarding their healthcare. You might ask yourself why the hospitals would be fighting this.
Paragon Orthopedic Center’s Thanksgiving Advice: Only injure the turkey
Nov 22, 2019
Many gatherings for Thanksgiving include some activities that get you away from the dinner table. We commend everyone who does this because physical activity is great, however we would like to warn you from overdoing it ...
November Paragon Orthopedic Center Newsletter is here!
Nov 18, 2019
Sniffles and sneezes are increasing in November and so are the reported number of flu cases around the United States. So far, the numbers in Oregon are not large, but they do generally increase as the weather gets colder.
Study links lack of sleep to weaker bones for women
Nov 15, 2019
Add another reason to your list for getting enough sleep each and every night. Researchers found that postmenopausal women sleeping less than five hours a night were 22% more likely to have low bone mass compared to those who slept at least seven hours.
Oh the weather outside is…
Nov 08, 2019
Southern Oregon is experiencing some fantastic fall weather, and Paragon Orthopedic Center is hoping it lures you outside to get some exercise, especially if you’re looking to lose a few pounds.
Milk 4.0-Where do these higher protein milks fit into the dairy scene?
Nov 06, 2019
Our efforts to educate Southern Oregon on the dairy department’s milk offerings continue and today we are tackling the milks advertising a higher protein content. Their sales have skyrocketed in an unprecedented way...
Thank You Southern Oregon!
Nov 04, 2019
November is National Gratitude Month. Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to seize this very moment to say we appreciate all of you who have come through our doors, visited with our staff, and sought out medical help from us.
Milk 3.0-What does that organic seal mean and is it better for you?
Nov 03, 2019
Paragon Orthopedics is continuing its educational posts about milk. We want you to know what you’re putting into your body, especially with so many choices in the grocery store.
When Do You Take Your Calcium Supplement? There can be a wrong answer…
Oct 30, 2019
Are you taking your calcium supplement correctly? Did you know you could be doing it wrong and missing out on getting the most calcium out of your pills? First, check the type of supplement you have. Is it calcium citrate or calcium carbonate?
Dr. Bents invests in Southern Oregon’s youth
Oct 23, 2019
Football season has been in full swing for over a month and if you’ve been to a few of the games in Southern Oregon, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Dr. Bents on the sidelines or in the stands.
Paragon Orthopedic Newsletter for October is here!
Oct 14, 2019
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the milk you drink, or should be drinking. Milk is a diverse drink these days, with some coming from plant-based sources, and the nutritional content of each one can vary greatly.
6 Surprising Non-Dairy Foods High in Calcium You Can Eat Every Day
Oct 07, 2019
There are some foods everybody seems to know are high in calcium, and most of them are in the dairy section. If you are looking for additional places to get your daily calcium, or you cannot tolerate dairy products...
ACL Prevention Video featuring Dr. Rob Bents
Oct 02, 2019
Paragon Orthopedic Center is excited to debut Dr. Rob Bents’ video aimed at preventing ACL injuries in athletes. He has come up with a program called Southern Oregon ACL Reduction, or SOAR.
Gender matters in study about room temperature
Sep 30, 2019
A recent study earlier this year showed that women scored higher on tests in a room that was warmer, set between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and men performed better when the room was cooler, set below 70 degrees F.
Which milk is best for you?
Sep 26, 2019
There are many types of milks out there, from plant milks to cow’s milk. The October Paragon Orthopedic Center newsletter will highlight some information about these milks.
Should you apply ice or heat to that injury?
Sep 24, 2019
We all strain a muscle every now and then, or maybe you’ve injured a joint. What’s the first thing you grab for relief? The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think.
Superbug even more resistant to antibiotics for cigarette smokers
Sep 05, 2019
Cigarettes have had years of research to prove themselves to be hazardous to your health. Here is one more reason to quit: cigarette smoke has been shown to make a certain bacteria, S. aureus, change its DNA at a faster pace.
Fractures happen; Paragon Orthopedic Center is here for you
Sep 04, 2019
Each year in the United States, there are about 7 million fractures that are seen by medical professionals. If you consider the population of the US, that means everyone has approximately a 2% chance of breaking a bone in any given year.
Convenience is priority for patients at Paragon Orthopedic Center
Aug 30, 2019
When you have your first appointment at Paragon Orthopedic Center, you’ll need to fill out the usual first visit patient information forms. Like all healthcare providers, we need to know some details about you before you are treated.
Paragon Orthopedic Center August Newsletter: All about the ACL
Aug 24, 2019
ur newsletter: hot off the presses and you need to read it. Almost everybody knows someone with an ACL problem and you might be next. Paragon Orthopedic Center tries to educate the people of Southern Oregon to prevent an ACL injury.
Personalized care can be found here at Paragon Orthopedic Center
Aug 20, 2019
Here in Southern Oregon, you have choices when it comes to your orthopedic care, which is a great thing! A smaller clinic, such as Paragon Orthopedic Center, can offer a more meaningful experience and a higher sense of satisfaction for patients.
Paragon Orthopedic Center makes appointments SO easy!
Aug 14, 2019
If you log onto the Paragon Orthopedic Center website at: https://www9091.ssldomain.com/paragonorthopedic/appointment-request.phpyou will find out how incredibly easy it is to make an appointment.
A Core Exercise for Beginners or Advanced Athletes
Aug 06, 2019
Core exercise #2: Bird Dog. Check out this video that demonstrates a core strengthening exercise with four levels for your to customize it with your current ability. This video does a good job at emphasizing body position and correct limb motions.
Core exercises for the beginner at any level of fitness
Aug 05, 2019
Our last blog talked about the importance of core exercises for overall health and as promised, here is a quick overview of a few that will help anyone new to this, whether you work out everyday, or next to never.
Why is core training talked about so much? Does core training do much for my body?
Jul 31, 2019
Core: definition: the central or most important part of something. Using that definition of core, you can infer that when it comes to strengthening the core of your body, this is a good thing.
Can I still exercise when it is smoky outside?
Jul 29, 2019
The valleys in Southern Oregon are filled with the thick smoke of wildfires again and suddenly the outdoor activities are shifted indoors. For many people who don’t have respiratory conditions, they’re tempted to go outside for some exercise.
Fall athletes preparing for sports need to know this!
Jul 26, 2019
August is coming quickly and with this month come the early practices for fall school-related sports. In high school and college sports, the competition can be intensely physical and your body needs to keep up with the pace.
Paragon Orthopedic Center publishing ground-breaking research
Jul 24, 2019
Southern Oregon’s very own Dr. Van Horne has had his research on post-operative pain control published nationally. Dr. Van Horne had his patients using significantly less amounts of opioids with high satisfaction among his total joint replacement patients.
Orthopedic Joint Replacement: How long will it last?
Jul 22, 2019
Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries. The parts used in the body to replace what has been injured, broken, or worn out do not last forever, as some people initially might think.
How is that New Year’s resolution going?
Jul 17, 2019
We here at the Paragon Orthopedic Center focus our blog on how to make you a better, healthier, smarter person. Many of our posts focus on health matters, and your health really matters!
Making yourself more successful the fun way
Jul 16, 2019
There are some solid, good reasons why you should have outside interests that reach beyond what you do from 9-5. You become a more interesting person, you become a resource, learning makes you mentally sharper, and it broadens your social group.
Need Surgery? Check out your local surgery center!
Jul 10, 2019
Outpatient surgery centers, such as the Grants Pass Surgery Center, offer patients a better option than a hospital for surgeries for four main reasons: 1-surgeries are often not as lengthy, 2-you have a shorter recovery time, 3-cost significantly less...
Independence Day can be a dangerous day for your health
Jul 03, 2019
While there is an inherent danger when lighting anything on fire, some people get caught up in the fun of fireworks to realize the potentially hazardous consequences of them.
If you are dairy-free, what are you eating to get enough calcium for your bones?
Jul 01, 2019
Most people are aware of the relationship between calcium and bone health. Your bones need calcium to stay strong, and many folks immediately think of consuming dairy products to meet the need.
Dr. Jim Van Horne is making national headlines
Jun 26, 2019
Dr. Jim Van Horne is making national headlines with his research on post-op pain relief using less opioids. Dr. Van Horne performed all 645 surgeries used in the study right here in Grants Pass.
Why can’t I remember what my doctor told me?
Jun 19, 2019
You just spent a half an hour talking to your surgeon about your upcoming surgery. Once you get home, you find yourself unable to remember what was said and cannot answer friends’ questions about the visit.
Exercise-Related Transient Abdominal Pain; where is the pain?
Jun 17, 2019
People tend to call the pain in their side that arises during exercise a “side stitch.” Did you know there is a medical term for this? Exercise-related transient abdominal pain, or ETAP, is what that side pain while you’re exercising is technically called.
Paragon Orthopedic Center answers: Why Can’t I Have My Joint Replaced?
Jun 15, 2019
We here at Paragon Orthopedics know there are assumptions about joint replacement. This newsletter is a must-read to understand joint replacement.
Are you learning anything?
Jun 13, 2019
Our blog is designed primarily to educate you, but what do you do with the newly found information? Do you forget it? Did you know you can cement it into your head more if you teach it?
Are teeth bones? Paragon Orthopedics will help you with this one….
Jun 10, 2019
You might think that teeth are bones, but they’re pretty different. Your first clue should be how they don’t heal the way your bones will after you break one. Chip a tooth and you’re stuck with the look.
How is a sprain different from a fracture?
Jun 05, 2019
Now that you know the word ‘fracture’ is the appropriate term for cracks or breaks in a bone, where does a sprain enter into the mix of terms? First, you have to understand that a sprain happens at a joint.
A bone break, a fracture, a crack in the bone…what’s the difference?
Jun 03, 2019
You might have heard people refer to a bone injury as, “just a crack” or “completely broken.” Have you wondered what those terms mean medically? Believe it or not, in professional healthcare, the term fracture should be used for anything...
Should I see my orthopedic surgeon now?
May 29, 2019
When is it time to see an orthopedic surgeon? Sometimes it’s obvious. When a bone is sticking out of your skin, it’s time. When a part of your arm or leg is no longer straight, it’s time.
Double-jointed? Please call it hypermobile.
May 24, 2019
Maybe you’ve seen your friend put her leg behind her neck. Or the friend who can bend his fingers in ways that look totally unnatural. The term double-jointed is frequently used, but it isn’t accurate.
New improvements at Paragon Orthopedic Center
May 20, 2019
We are enduring big changes in our computer systems at Paragon Orthopedic Center. As everyone knows, it takes time to adjust to changes, so a big thank you to Southern Oregon for your patience with us as we navigate the new system.
Women’s Health Week Brings Awareness to Bone Density Screening
May 17, 2019
This is the week to focus on the unique needs for a woman’s health. If you are a female, take a moment to educate yourself about what screenings are recommended for optimal health as you age.
Get your FAQ’s on the Paragon Orthopedic Center’s website
May 14, 2019
Whether you have a new bone health issue or have scheduled an orthopedic surgery, you more than likely have questions. Paragon Orthopedic Center has anticipated the needs of Southern Oregon residents...
Paragon Orthopedic Center Newsletter for May
May 10, 2019
Paragon Orthopedic Center Grants Pass, Oregon National Physical Fitness Month Recognize the need for some form of physical exercise in your life this month! You read about our nation’s obesity statistics, how important daily exercise is, and what exercis
The Paragon Orthopedic Center’s Patient Portal is a modern convenience for your orthopedic care
May 08, 2019
When you are a new patient at Paragon Orthopedic Center, we ask for your email, not to send you spam, but to make your care securely convenient. Your email will connect you with the ability to: access test results, fill out paperwork in advance...
Patient Education for Orthopedic Surgery and FAQ’s
May 01, 2019
Paragon Orthopedics is pleased to be able to diagnose and treat a variety of joint problems for the people of Southern Oregon. Our website has a wealth of information about all of your joints and has dedicated a whole page to patient instruction.
Videos available at paragonorthopedic.com to help expand your orthopedic knowledge
Apr 24, 2019
Paragon Orthopedics has a large library of FREE videos available for you. They cover a variety of orthopedic procedures and surgeries throughout the body. These might make sense of your issue...
Meniscus: What is it and why is it important?
Apr 22, 2019
Everyone has two menisci in each knee. These C-shaped pieces of cartilage are what cushion and stabilize the two big leg bones that meet at your knee. When this cartilage is torn, you experience pain, swelling, and sometimes limited motion.
Dr. Bents using 3-D imaging at Paragon Orthopedic Center
Apr 21, 2019
Customized implants for orthopedic repairs using 3D printing looks promising Orthopedics has entered into the market of 3D printing to develop customized implants that can fit the patient better.
Make sure your kids have strong bones when they’re young and give them a strong foundation as adults
Apr 15, 2019
Ways to Keep Bones in Kids Healthy: 1-Give your children Vitamin D supplements if they aren’t getting enough in their daily diet. Talk to your healthcare professional about how much is needed...
Astounding result from studies on new osteoporosis drug
Apr 10, 2019
Osteoporosis is a huge health risk for not just thousands, but millions of people in in the United States. The drugs currently available help prevent bone loss, but they do nothing to build bone. This new one does.
PRP-Can this therapy take away my pain and save me from surgery?
Apr 03, 2019
Dr. Rob Bents at Paragon Orthopedics has been doing PRP therapy for over 10 years and has performed it on over 700 patients in Southern Oregon. Research is slow to show the positive results he has seen in his patients who receive PRP therapy.
Dr. Jim Van Horne and his ground-breaking study results
Apr 01, 2019
Dr. Jim Van Horne at Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass, Oregon is finding great success at reducing the need for post-operative opioids. A local news station did a spot on him to highlight his results and what he is doing with them.
Avoid injury: stretch those muscles
Mar 26, 2019
Spring is here with many children on spring break this week. All of us might get out a little more and do things we haven’t done since the weather turned cold last fall.
Five Fabulous Providers for Southern Oregon
Mar 22, 2019
Paragon Orthopedics has five of the best orthopedic care providers ready to help the fine people of Jackson and Josephine counties. Dr. Rob Bents and Dr. Jim Van Horne each have over 20 years of orthopedic expertise...
Educational videos available on Paragon Orthopedic Center website
Mar 20, 2019
Do you want more information about an orthopedic problem? The Paragon Orthopedic Center website is full of videos to educate yourself. Get some peace of mind by getting answers that help you understand more and might alleviate anxiety.
Get out and enjoy some free Vitamin D!
Mar 18, 2019
Sunshine isn’t only good for uplifting the soul, it is also good for your bones! You cannot find a better natural source of Vitamin D than sunlight. Vitamin D is necessary for your body to absorb calcium, which makes our bones strong.
PRP: Can it help me avoid surgery?
Mar 14, 2019
Paragon Orthopedics here in Grants Pass publishes monthly informational newsletters. Coming up in April will be the newest information about Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, which supplements the body’s repair process...
Dr. James Van Horne of Grants Pass making big headlines about a new post-op protocol
Mar 13, 2019
With narcotic usage up in Josephine County, Dr. Jim Van Horne is trying to do what he can to change this, and his research is proving highly beneficial to reducing the need for drugs in post-operative total joint arthroplasty. Check out this article.
Now Trending….Activated Charcoal
Mar 09, 2019
Paragon Press Are the benefits real? The substance once only known for treating accidental ingestion of poison is now popping up in everything from toothpaste to ice cream. Some label it a “detoxifier.” Getting rid of toxins might sound appealing.
Is Smoking Marijuana Dangerous?
Feb 12, 2019
It is impossible miss how marijuana is impacting our lives and towns. It is becoming increasingly legal; 33 states have legalized medical use and 10 states have legalized its recreational use so far.
Paragon Press – December 2015
Dec 07, 2015
What is DOMS – The mystery of pain “out of nowhere”? Your goal to work out four to five times a week starting January 1st is made and you head off to the gym to begin Day 1, for a healthier 2016.
Paragon Press – June 2015
Jun 08, 2015
Can My Medications Hurt Me During Surgery? If you have had surgery, you more than likely were told not to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery, except for one or two medications taken with a small sip of water in the morning.
Paragon Press – May 2015
May 22, 2015
Start off the Summer Season with a New Exercise Program The American College of Sports Medicine’s 10 tips The warmer days are arriving. Exercise is on many people’s minds, but they lack a trigger to get started...
Paragon Press – April 2015
Apr 06, 2015
Overuse Injuries Overuse injuries once only developed in professional athletes, but today we see it in children, largely as a result of sports specialization and excessive play. Even weekend warriors who do too much at once are prone to these.
Paragon Press – February 2015
Feb 21, 2015
THE NEW YOU FOR 2015: Essential information you and your health Save your money: Skip the vitamins The commercials make you think you aren’t as healthy as you could be unless you take them.
Paragon Press – October 2014
Oct 24, 2014
Two patients have the same knee replacement surgery. One goes to a state-of-the art medical hospital. The other goes to a surgery center. Both are located in the same town, with experienced surgeons. One costs $15,000 and the other costs $3,000.
Paragon Press – September 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Pills that kill Pain pill overuse Opioids: prescription medications that relieve pain, such as hydrocodone(Vicodin), oxycodone(Percocet), morphine, and codeine.
Paragon Press – July 2014
Jul 25, 2014
First, are you a good candidate? You have an appointment with your surgeon and he tells you your problem requires surgery. You ask how soon it can be done, and he tells you he can’t do it, or even that he won’t do it.
Paragon Press – June 2014
Jun 10, 2014
Tommy John surgery proves very successful; Why so many Elbow problems begin at young ages Many people have elbow issues, especially at older ages, simply from overuse. Once the elbow discomfort reaches a point when you cannot function...
Paragon Press – May 2014
May 15, 2014
Could a Total Hip Replacement help me live longer? Research has shown that patients who receive Total Hip Replacements (THR) have an improved quality of life and reduced overall pain. Some patients treat the hip pain without surgery...
Paragon Press – April 2014
Apr 17, 2014
It’s all in your head… Taxes overdue? Problems in your marriage? Not enough time in the day to get it all done? What are you doing about this stress? Some stress can be motivating, but when it becomes overwhelming, you need to take steps to lower it.
Paragon Press – February 2014
Mar 13, 2014
There is a new therapy that is utilized to relieve pain from tendon injuries or osteoarthritis. This amazing new option does not require surgery and takes under an hour to complete. It is called Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP...
Paragon Press – January 2014
Jan 25, 2014
NEWS FLASH-Let’s get that brain thinking and see how well you paid attention last year. Here is a 2013 review quiz of health and food news. See what you can remember.
Paragon Press – December 2013
Dec 23, 2013
All of these can deplete the strength of your bones, and it’s time you took an honest look at changes you can make. As you look at how many apply to you, consider that every one you eliminate is better for your bones.
Paragon Press – November 2013
Nov 23, 2013
Which Is Healthier? The holidays are upon us and many of those celebrations revolve around food in one way or another. Are you hoping make healthier choices from the buffet table? Here is a short quiz to see if you can spot which choice is better for you.
Paragon Press – October 2013
Oct 23, 2013
Paragon Orthopedic Center is introducing the Paragon Patient Portal to make your orthopedic care easier to manage. This easy online service gives you access to your medical records, Paragon forms and paperwork, and prescription refills...
Paragon Press – July 2013
Aug 04, 2013
Look in the “skin care” aisle of your local store and you will find several offerings for scar treatment. Many of us have scars from mishaps or surgeries and when they appear in noticeable places, we want them to be gone.
Paragon Press – August 2013
Aug 04, 2013
By definition, a thromboembolism is the formation of a clot (thrombus) in a blood vessel that breaks loose and is carried by the blood stream to plug another vessel. Clots are potentially fatal risks of surgery, with the severity of the problem...
Paragon Press – June 2013
Jun 05, 2013
No matter what your age When Brian was in his 20s, he was fit and healthy. He rode his mountain bike and played basketball, although he didn’t think of that as exercise because it was just fun with his friends.
Paragon Press – May 2013
May 07, 2013
How companies are hooking you on foods and other sneaky things they do to sell them “Words–so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them!”
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