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June 19, 2018

Yes, vitamin D is made by sunshine; however, in the northern latitudes, the sun is only strong enough to stimulate vitamin D production in your skin 3 to 4 months a year, typically from May through August. Your skin will make enough vitamin D to support good blood levels if you are outside for at least 10-20 minutes a day, without sunscreen, typically between 10:00am and 2:00pm in shorts and a tank top. Do most people get this amount of sun exposure? No. While I am not advocating NO sunscreen, I do think it would be OK to spend 10-20 minutes without it if you are trying to get your vitamin D. Then, go and slather up with a broad-spectrum SPF. If your vitamin D levels were low before the summer, or if you aren’t outside much without sunscreen during the middle of the day, you should continue your supplement.  Susan Blum, M.D. 

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June 5, 2018

Because joints carry the weight of our bodies, the more weight you are required to carry, the harder it is for your joints to work properly! It has been found through numerous studies that the chance of developing arthritis is strongly associated with body weight. As the population ages and becomes heavier, arthritis, especially osteoarthritis has become one of the leading causes of disability worldwide! While getting down to a normal body weight is a good idea for people who are overweight, starting with reasonable goals like losing 10-20 pounds can help with joint pain! Do you already have joint pain? The key to exercising when you have joint problems is to find low-impact activities, including cycling, swimming, and aerobics!  Harvard Health Publishing

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January 21, 2018

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) received the 2018 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. This evidence-based designation is the only orthopedics award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on a robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and women’s expectations from their best hospital. “We are overwhelmed to hear that our patients, especially females whoa are the primary healthcare decision makers for their families recognize the comprehensive and innovative care our sports medicine and orthopedics services strive so hard to deliver,” said Phyllis Peoples, President & CEO. “With our highly skilled physicians and the dedication of our staff, our team is able to provide the most comprehensive services in southeast Louisiana and are honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award for the third year in a row.” TGMC’s orthopedic and sports medicine services include the state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Caring MR Suite Imaging Area which enhance the patient experience of receiving an MRI by providing clearer images, more patient comfort and noise reduction, to name a few. The Community Sports Institute is an active community member providing athletic training resources to schools, concussion screenings and more. The 2018 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics are

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January 1, 2018

The staff at Gulf Coast Orthopedics wishes you and your family a safe and healthy new year.

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December 25, 2017

The staff at Gulf Coast Orthopedics wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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December 19, 2017

Gulf Coast Orthopedics was featured in the November 2017 issue of Point of View magazine. Check out the article for a brief history of the clinic and success stories from our patients. Read the entire feature here.

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September 18, 2017

Gulf Coast Orthopedics would like to congratulate Geoffrey P. Stone, MD, shoulder and elbow orthopedic surgeon, on his invitation to be a faculty member at the 2017 International Advanced Shoulder Course held this Fall in New Orleans. This course provides instruction to surgeons who would like to expand their skills and knowledge about shoulder surgery. Dr. Stone will be working alongside some of the best shoulder surgeons in the world educating other surgeons on the latest techniques and advances in shoulder surgery. The Gulf Coast Orthopedics staff is inspired by Dr. Stone’s constant commitment to learning and teaching others about shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Stone brings his expertise to our patients every day at Gulf Coast Orthopedics. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Stone, please call 985-868-1540.

July 21, 2017

What is arthritis?

Many people start to feel pain and stiffness in their bodies over time. Sometimes different joints may become hard to move and may become swollen. These could be signs that you may have arthritis. Some signs of inflammation include redness, heat, pain, and swelling. These problems are telling you that something is wrong. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. In an arthritic patient, joints become irregular and painful. It’s true that arthritis can be painful. But there are things you can do to feel better.

What are the types of arthritis?

There are several types of arthritis. Two of the most common ones are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This condition usually comes with age and most often affects the fingers, knees, and hips. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an injury to a joint. Rheumatoid arthritis happens when the body’s own defense system doesn’t work properly. It affects joints and bones (often of the hands and feet), and may also affect internal organs and systems. You may feel sick or tired, and you may have a fever. Another common type of arthritis, gout, is caused by crystals that build up in the joints. It usually affects the big toe, but many other joints may be affected.

Do I have arthritis?

Pain is the way

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June 16, 2017

Dr. Stone discusses PRP (platelet rich plasma) Therapy.

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April 28, 2017

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) announced Dr. William H. Kinnard as the recipient of the Golden Stethoscope Award. The prominent Golden Stethoscope Award publicly recognizes a TGMC physician for his or her exceptional level of professionalism, integrity, and teamwork in caring for patients and families, as well as interacting with hospital staff members and other physicians. Nominations can be made by physicians, employees, patients, and volunteers and recognizes two physicians a year. “It is an honor to announce Dr. William H. Kinnard as a recipient of the Golden Stethoscope Award. For over 30 years, he has provided outstanding orthopedic care to patients in our community,” says Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO. “Dr. William Kinnard’s commitment to his patients and his practice has helped establish TGMC as being a leader in orthopedics. It is a true privilege to present him with this recognition.” Read the complete article in the Healthcare Journal of New Orleans.

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