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
Walk to Cure Arthritis Registration: No Fees
Event Registration

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

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Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017)

Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017), Feb 12-18, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same.

Share your random act of kindness! 

Learn more at: 

1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
3. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
4. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
5. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
6. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
7. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
8. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
9. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
10. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
11. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
12. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
13. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
14. Smile at five strangers.
15. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
16. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
17. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
18. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
19. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
20. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
21. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
22. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
23. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
24. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
25. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
26. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
27. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
28.Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
29. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
30. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
31. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
32. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
33. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
34. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
35. Hold the door open for someone
36. Tell a joke
37. Donate outgrown clothes
38. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while just to say hello
39. Smile at everyone. It’s contagious.
40. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them. 
41. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you. Or wave a thank you to someone who lets you in!
42. Give someone a hug
43. When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need
44. Let someone have the parking spce
45. Stop to talk to a homeless person
46. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
47. Hold the elevator
48. Empathize
49. Text someone good morning or good night
50. Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause
51. Be encouraging! 
52. Help someone struggling with heavy bags
53. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault
54. Be patient
55. Compliment a stranger
56. Be thoughtful – Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring them them a coffee in the morning. 
57. Say “Thank you”, a lot – Everyone works hard. 
58. Send a care package to a solider
59. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
60. Slow way down when you drive past a pedestrian — 35 mph can seem like the Indy 500 to a someone walking their dog.
61. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.

#kindness #randomactsofkindness #Recovery#Results #Relief #RandomActsofTOCA

Shoulder Pain: When to Worry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shoulder Pain: When to Worry! The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and because of its extensive range of motion it’s susceptible to injury and pain. While the shoulder is not thought of as a weight bearing joint, once you lift an object or roll over at night, the forces going through the shoulder joint exceed those of most joints due to the long lever arm of the outstretched arm. The shoulder can hurt after it has been injured or for no apparent reason. Most shoulder problems are relatively short-lived but sometimes the pain is indicative of a more complex issue.

No worries:

Slight pain with elevation and when playing overhead sports is common. The four tendons that make up the rotator cuff and the biceps tendon, (the combined musculature that drives the shoulder motions) can be inflamed by activities such as throwing, shooting basketballs, and lifting bags over head. The tendons are covered by a thin layer called a bursa, which swells when irritated. The bursitis is filled with inflammatory components that irritate the nerve fibers sending pain signals to the brain. Eliminating the overhead activities and mild use of anti-inflammatories usually cures the mild bursitis, or tendonitis, and solves the problem. Exercises to strengthen posture are also commonly used by our physical therapists to fix mild shoulder irritations. Slumping at your desk, reaching for your mouse, hunching over your keyboard, can all put extra strain on the shoulder, neck or back and may be the cause of your shoulder pain. Stand with your shoulders at or behind your hips with your belly button tucked in and notice the difference.

More worry:

Pain that does not go away or pain that occurs with every activity indicates that the key tissues are irritated enough that they are sending pain signals even without motion. This degree of inflammation precedes more structural injuries such as tears of the tissue or early arthritis. Treated fully, the tears and the arthritis can be prevented.

Real worry:

Pain at night or pain not improving with therapy after 4 weeks are red flags. Pain radiating down the arm or up to the neck or to the back are also worrisome for injuries not just in the shoulder but sometimes of the neck. These injuries need to be worked up with careful physical exams, x-rays and MRIs. A full tear of the rotator cuff often will present with night pain, since when you roll over you push the arm up into the socket through the rotator cuff tear. Pain radiating down the arm or up to the neck can sometimes be from the discs in the neck or the nerves at the front of the shoulder called the brachial plexus. Instability of the shoulder, with the shoulder popping in or out of the joint is another area that is best treated with early repair of the torn ligaments.

Fortunately most of the torn tissue problems in the shoulder can be repaired under a local block with an arthroscope as an outpatient procedure. The key is to treat them early before full tearing of tissues leads to disability.

Are you experiencing shoulder pain?

To speak to a Shoulder Specialist at TOCA call: 602-277-6211 or visit our shoulder specialty page to learn more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]