Join Team TOCA with Dr. Feng & the Arthritis Foundation for the Walk to Cure Arthritis!

Enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather by joining Team TOCA, Dr. Earl Feng (Orthopedic Surgeon, Arthritis & Total Joint Reconstruction) and the Arthritis Foundation in the Annual Walk for the Cure, Saturday May 5th, 2018 at the Phoenix Zoo! Dr. Feng is not only a TOCA Physician & Surgeon but also serves as a Board Member for the Arthritis Foundation!

At TOCA, each of us has an important role in helping the more than 1.2 million Arizonans living with arthritis including many our patients, our colleagues, and more than 6,000 children in Arizona alone. TOCA is proud to continue our support the 2018 Arizona Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 5th at the Phoenix Zoo. As a sponsor of the Walk to Cure Arthritis, our goal is to help more people with arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes for patients with arthritis who are being told “no” a lot. No, there isn’t a cure. No, you cannot play sports. No, you cannot pick-up your grandchild.

Here is how you can help!

• Through funding critical research for osteoarthritis to find better treatments and ultimately a cure.
• Giving kids living with arthritis the opportunity to attend Camp Cruz to meet other kids living with arthritis.
• Supporting programs like the Live Yes network for people in our community struggling with pain, connecting them with others with arthritis.
• Getting a patient get back on their feet so they can walk their dog.
• Helping a grandparent alleviate back pain so they can pick up their grandchild.
• Saying “YES” to a patient today!

The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family!

Let’s raise funds to find a cure for arthritis, then come together to support each other and walk! Every step counts, every dollar matters!  The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis to help the more than 50 million Americans and 300,000 children with arthritis live better today and to keep the Arthritis Foundation’s promise of finding a cure for tomorrow. Be a Champion of Yes – join our team and raise funds to fight arthritis and find a cure, all while having A LOT OF FUN! If you aren’t able to join the team, we’d appreciate your donation to help reach our goal.

Click here to learn more about this event, join Team TOCA and/or Donate Today! Team TOCA

Event Location:
The Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix , AZ 85008
Event Schedule:
Event Registration Starts 5/5/2017 6:30 am
Event Registration Ends 5/5/2017 8:00 am
Event Starts 5/5/2017 7:30 am
Event Ends 5/5/2017 10:00 am
Fees:
Walk to Cure Arthritis Registration: No Fees
Event Registration

To Learn more about Dr. Feng and TOCA visit: www.tocamd.com or call 602-277-6211

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The Orthopedic Clinic Association names John Kinna Chief Executive Officer

The Orthopedic Clinic Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6, 2017
Media Contact: Lisa Paulson, Director of Marketing
lpaulson@tocamd.com; Office: 602.512.8525; Cell: 602.501.7583

The Orthopedic Clinic Association names John Kinna Chief Executive Officer

TOCA – The Orthopedic Clinic Association, a leading Orthopedic Clinic in Arizona, led by nationally recognized Orthopedic Physicians, has appointed John Kinna as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 2, 2017.

“John Kinna has a distinguished record of accomplishment and dedication to the critically important role of Orthopedics. “As we plan for the future, Kinna’s commitment to combining the highest levels of quality with outstanding patient experience will help achieve TOCA’s inspiring vision for the future,” said Joseph Haber, M.D., President of The Orthopedic Clinic Association. “John will build on the many strengths of the past and we are confident he will ably lead the association into the future.”

“TOCA is a trusted and admired, one stop resource for Orthopedics in Arizona. It is a tremendous opportunity for me to join an organization as distinguished as they are. I’m eager to work with TOCA’s skilled and respected physicians’ and staff, and together provide the best possible patient experience and outcomes.

Kinna has worked in healthcare for the past 29 years in leadership and management roles in both not for profit and for profit systems in Montana, Washington and now Arizona, including private practices, and large integrated groups as well as two large Catholic healthcare systems running employed Physician Divisions. He has served as the CEO at Barrow Brain and Spine and most recently at OrthoArizona.

About TOCA – The Orthopedic Clinic Association

TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) is the best one stop resource for orthopedics in Arizona, led by nationally recognized orthopedic physicians. We are passionate about consistent quality, the most advanced treatment options and personalized patient care for superior lifetime outcomes.

TOCA has built a reputation for excellence in Arizona for more than 65 years as the first and foremost orthopedic group. Our Nationally and Internationally recognized orthopedic physicians and surgeons utilize the most advanced proven technologies for the best recovery possible to return you to your active lifestyle.

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To learn more about TOCA’s physicians read more Here. For more information on TOCA’s history read more Here. To contact TOCA find more information by clicking Here

#Recovery #Results #Relief #MyOrthoDoc #TOCA #TOCAMD #JohnKinna #NewCEO

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Support Houston and Hurricane Harvey Relief

Relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey are underway, even as the storm continues to wreak havoc in Texas. A large and complicated rescue operation is underway in Houston as floodwaters continue to rise, fed by unrelenting rain.

So far, there’s no end in sight.

More than 2 feet of rain have already fallen in Houston, and the city may see another 2 feet in the next few days, Business Insider reported. Texans were about halfway through the worst of the storm on Monday, but devastating flooding is likely to continue. Tens of thousands of people could be driven from their homes as a result.

Americans wanting to pitch in from afar can donate to organizations such as the Red Cross that are providing disaster assistance to victims affected by Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane but has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Average of 91 Cents of Every Dollar Spent Invested in Humanitarian Services and Programs

The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

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NUsurface Meniscus Surgery: Are You a Candidate?

NUsurface Meniscus Surgery: Are You a Candidate?

Your Life Arizona talks with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Carter and NUsurface Meniscus Implant recipient Robert Nowlan about a clinical trial for knee pain after meniscus surgery. For more information on the trial, please call (844) 680-8951.

Have you had surgery to repair a torn meniscus but are still living with knee pain? Have you been told that you’re too young for knee replacement surgery and thought you were out of options? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be a candidate for the NUsurface Meniscus Implant – a medial meniscus replacement to treat persistent knee pain caused by injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage.

The implant, which is made of medical grade plastic and inserted in to the knee through a small incision, has been used in Europe since 2008 and Israel since 2011. A clinical trial called SUN (Safety Using NUsurface®) is taking place at TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) to determine the effectiveness of the NUsurface Meniscus Implant for individuals with knee pain. More information about this study can be found here.

While it’s not meant to take the place of a total knee replacement, the NUsurface Meniscus Implant can serve as an opportunity to treat knee pain and keep you active until knee replacement surgery, if needed, is a viable option. The unique materials and composite structure are designed to mimic the function of a natural meniscus and redistribute loads transmitted across the knee joint. To date, the implant has given nearly 100 patients a second chance at a pain-free, active life.

About the Procedure

The meniscus implant is inserted into the knee through a small incision, and patients are allowed to go home the same day or the day after the operation. After surgery, they undergo a six-week rehabilitation program and a physician will explain recommended activities during this period.

Who is Eligible?

If you’re interested in the NUsurface Meniscus Implant, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you might be eligible to participate in this clinical trial:

  • Have you had a previous medial partial meniscectomy that was performed at least six months ago?
  • Do you have persistent knee pain?
  • Has your physician recommended non-surgical therapies to deal with the pain?
  • Are you between the ages of 30 and 75?

Please note patients who are candidates for partial or total knee arthroplasty are not eligible.

How Can I Find Out if I Qualify?

Visit sun-trial.com, call (844) 680-8951 or contact the dedicated TOCA Team at 602-277-6211

Learn more about Dr. Carter Here

TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) performs the first meniscus replacement in Arizona read more Here

 

#MyOrthoDoc #TOCAMD #TOCA #YourLifeAtoZ #ActiveImplants #MeniscusReplacement

Celebrate Global Running Day 2017

Celebrate Global Running Day 2017

The world will be running on June 7. This is your invitation to join.

If you forgot to put it on the calendar, June 7 is Global Running Day. Over two million runners from across the globe, in 164 countries, have pledged to get up, get out, and go for a run. This is a great day to invite a non runner to take up the sport.

You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer.

A study out in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that even five to 10 minutes a day of low-intensity running is enough to extend life by several years, compared with not running at all. It shows that the minimal healthy “dose” of exercise is smaller than many people might assume.

Benefits of Running That Make You Healthier (and Happier)

Everyone knows that running is a great way to get into shape, but did you know that it can benefit almost every part of your body, as well as lift your mood? Running is incredibly effective at making you healthier in a number of ways. While it may not be everybody’s favorite form of exercise, knowing what it can do for your life just may make you look at running in an entirely new light.

Improve Your Health

Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.

Running Is Good for Your Heart

Running is the king of cardio. Running even five to 10 minutes a day, at slow speeds (how does a nice 12-minute mile sound to you?) is associated with a drastically reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a landmark study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Compared with never-runners, regular runners have half the chance of dying from heart disease. Every time you run, you decrease your resting heart rate, so your heart doesn’t need to work as hard, says exercise physiologist Greg Justice, founder of AYC Health & Fitness in Kansas City.

Running Strengthens Your Joints and Increases bone density

A Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study of nearly 100,000 runners and walkers found that, nope, running doesn’t up the risk of osteoarthritis—even people who cover 26.2 miles on the regular. In fact, the study showed runners were half as likely to suffer from knee osteoarthritis compared with walkers. Surprised? Every time you pound the pavement, you stress your bones and cartilage, just like your muscles, causing them to spring back stronger, explains Janet Hamilton, CSCS, an exercise physiologist with Running Strong in Atlanta. Low-impact exercises like walking, or even spinning or swimming, don’t have that same bone-building benefit. Running stresses your bones. Essential minerals are sent to the bones when under stress, which makes them stronger. However, running does not make you unbreakable, and jumping, say, a 10-foot high fence is still a bad idea.

Prevent Disease

For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.

Lose Weight

Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.

Boost Your Confidence

Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.

Relieve Stress

Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.

It may seem surprising to learn all of the different ways that running can improve your health, but the truth of the matter is that these are only a few of the many benefits that it can offer to your body.  Running really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

If you have a sports injury/ injury prevention, physical therapy, sports medicine question or concern the team at TOCA is here to help! To learn more or schedule an appointment call us at: 602-277-6211!

#GlobalRunningDay #run #InjuryPrevention #SportsMedicine #RunnersLife #RunforHealth #KeepRunning #TOCA #TOCAMD

National Senior Health & Fitness Day – Exercise Ideas for Older Adults!

National Senior Health & Fitness Day – Exercise Ideas for Older Adults!

Senior Health & Fitness Day is a time to explore the many senior-friendly physical activity options, and to understand the importance of exercise and nutrition for ongoing health and illness/injury-prevention. A healthy diet can boost energy and immunity, and regular exercise is necessary to retain bone mass and lower the risk of fractures, and to build muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls.

Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health. Exercise is just as important in your older years as when you were younger.

Research shows that an exercise routine offers a wealth of health benefits. One study found that adults ages 75 and older who exercised lived longer than older adults who didn’t exercise. Another study discovered that older women who squeezed in resistance, or strength, training workouts each week improved their cognitive function.

It’s also well known that regular exercise can help to boost heart health, maintain a healthy body weight, keep joints flexible and healthy, and improve balance to reduce falls.

Exercise does not take as much time as you may think. For general health benefits, older adults need about 2½ hours of aerobic (walking, running, and other activities that get the heart pumping faster) activity per week. These activities should be combined with activities that strengthen muscles at least 2 days per week.

Joining a gym and making use of the machines, trainers, and classes is 1 way to exercise. But you can also have fun there, meet new people, and do a variety of different activities that keep you healthy and strong.

Easy ways to exercise –

Exercise actually comes in many forms, including activities that feel more like fun than hard work:

* Dance. Sign up for a dance class with your spouse or a friend or carve out some dance time at home.

* Go bowling. Join a bowling league or make a weekly date with some of your friends. If you have grandchildren, bring them along.

* Rediscover a favorite sport. Whether you love the elegance of golf or the challenge of tennis, make time for these leisure activities. If possible, vary your activities over the course of each week to work different muscle groups.

* Enjoy the great outdoors. When the weather cooperates, ride your bike, visit a local park for a hike, or simply go for a walk. These are all great exercises that get you outside and into the fresh air.

* Get in the swim. Swimming is an excellent exercise choice, particularly if you have arthritis joint pain. Join a local fitness center with a pool. Work in regular swims to meet your cardiovascular needs without straining your joints.

Balance and strengthen count, too –

To help prevent falls, you also want to practice exercises that improve your balance. Yoga and tai chi fit the bill. They will also help you manage stress, feel more relaxed, and improve muscle tone. Yoga or tai chi classes are widely available in many areas, from senior centers to the Y.

Taking some time to stretch every day can also help keep your joints flexible and keep you moving well. It’s also important to lift some light weights. Canned goods from your cupboard are a fine substitute. You can also use a resistance band to tone your muscles.

Add a little “elbow grease” when doing chores and these regular activities will count as a workout:

* Cleaning the house

* Raking leaves in the yard

* Gardening

* Mowing the lawn

* Sweeping and dusting

Remember that getting older doesn’t mean slowing down. You’ve got to keep moving to stay young at heart…as well as in mind, body, and spirit.

#Results #Recovery #Relief #seniorhealthandfitness #exercise#injuryprevention #TOCAMD #TOCA #TheOrthopedicClinicAssociation

Dr. Padley donated his assistance to the athletes at Millennium High School!

TOCA and Dr. Padley continued community involvement by donating their time to assist the athletes at Millennium High School. All the money raised during the physicals will benefit the students in the Sports Medicine Club and will help to purchase the equipment and uniforms they use on the sidelines!
#teamspirit #millennium #SportsMedicine #Results #Recovery #Relief #TOCA #TOCAMD

Join us on Facebook Live at 8 am tomorrow for Friday Focus with Dr. Zoltan!

Join us on Facebook Live at 8 am tomorrow for Friday Focus with Dr. Zoltan!

Jon D. Zoltan, M.D. is a specialist in non-surgical General Orthopedics, Fracture Care & Sports Injury. He was a clinical lecturer for the University of Arizona Department of Surgery and a program clinical instructor for the Phoenix Combined Orthopedic Residency. Dr Zoltan’s articles and manuscripts have been published in numerous orthopedic publications. He has also participated in several research projects, including an evaluation of electromagnetic bone stimulation for fracture non unions and participates in ongoing clinical trials.

To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zoltan call a dedicated TOCA staff member at 602-277-6211!

National Nurses Week: 6 Tips to Balance the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12! We appreciate our nurses every day, but Nurses Week is a great opportunity to take the time to celebrate. We also want to support nurses in this year’s theme of becoming healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Thank you to the dedicated nurses that not only help support our TOCA Physicians and patients but all nurses for all that you do!

Whether it’s Nurses Week or not, TNS is dedicated to providing nurses with tips and guides to help lead a healthy personal life and to grow professionally. Not only is it beneficial to live a healthy life, but a healthy nurse also provides better quality care to patients. If you don’t already, we challenge you to spend some time this week taking steps to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few tips to get you started!

6 Tips to Balance the Mind, Body, and Spirit

1. Be Thankful – You might be thinking, “I already am thankful,” but how often do you actually stop and think about it? Setting aside a few minutes per day to think or write what you’re grateful for can drastically improve your mood. It’ll push you to focus on the good things in life, instead of getting hung up on the not-so-good things. Whether it’s about your family, friends, nature, or any other positive events of the day, reflect on what makes you happy. You can even invest in a gratitude journal to encourage this practice.

2. Avoid Gossip and Drama – We all know that gossip and drama aren’t left in high school, and you probably experience a lot of it if you work in a hospital. It’s also likely that you’ve worked with a nurse that bullies and/or a nurse that LOVES drama. It can be hard to disassociate yourself with certain people especially if you see them every day, but try to steer clear of the gossip. Obviously, you’ll want to keep civil relationships for the purpose of being professional. But, watch what you say and don’t contribute gossip to conversations – even if someone else is.

3. Smile & Laugh More – Smiling might be the simplest tip to help balance the mind, body, and spirit. It’s typically something that just happens and requires little thought. Smiles are contagious, so not only are you helping yourself, but you could also be helping others around you. It’s also important to not take yourself too seriously. While your job can be demanding and pretty serious since you’re in charge of other human lives, you still need to have some fun!

4. Read and Learn – Don’t let your education end at graduation. Continue to learn new things, whether it applies to nursing or not. Opening your mind to new interests and possibilities will expand your mind and allow you to grow spiritually. Knowledge is power, and there’s always something new in the world.

5. Get Enough Sleep – You’ve probably had tons of people tell you this already, but it really is important! Getting enough sleep can be a huge turning point to balance the mind, body, and spirit since it affects all three. It can be hard to find the time to get enough sleep with your busy schedule, but here are some sleep tips that might help. Don’t forget, naps are your friend!

6. Travel – If you’re a travel nurse, you’ve already got this one covered. Traveling exposes you to different cultures and ways of life. Being open to the differences in the world will truly help in balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Traveling is a life-changing experience for most people, and it can affect many aspects of our life and overall wellness. There’s much more to this world than what you’re familiar with, so go explore!

#thankanurse #nursesweek #TOCA #TOCAMD #RECOVERY #RESULTS #RELIEF

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament!

The TOCA Foundation’s mission is to improve the community in the areas of math, science and medical research.  The Phoenix Public Schools desperately need further funding in the area of math and science to improve our community’s educational outcomes and future leaders in these areas.  Together with your help, we will provide our students the tools to complete in a global future.

TOCA Foundation Federal Tax ID #20-0574111

Upcoming Events

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament 

The Orthopedic Clinic Association is pleased to announce our first ever Charity Golf Classic to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2017 benefiting Phoenix Public Schools.

Please join TOCA for the 2017 Charity Golf Event to help children in our area.  This Tournament will be held at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and will start with a Tee-off box breakfast,  and conclude with a raffle, silent auction and an awards luncheon following your day of golf.  We humbly request your donation, which would greatly contribute to our event’s success and would be deeply appreciated.  Together, we will make this a dynamic event!

Date: Thursday April 27th, 2017

Location: ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Consider your involvement in this memorable event:

  • Register your team today! We expect this tournament to sell out so call or email us today!
  • Become a sponsorship partner! There are several packages available, ranging from $500 to $5000.
  • Donate! If golfing isn’t your game of choice, consider becoming a friend of our foundation! Any donation to the foundation will have an impact on the youth in our community!

This Tournament is sure to be a hit, so sign up today to secure your team’s position in this year’s Charity Golf Classic by Clicking Here.  If you have any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or to register your team, please contact Lisa Paulson at lpaulson@tocamd.com or 602.512.8525.

We recognize there are many golf tournaments and organizations you can support and we appreciate your consideration to participate in this event

#RECOVERY.RESULTS.RELIEF.