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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 11, 2021
Category: Health Care

Surgery is often the last approach to many orthopedic conditions, depending of course on initial severity. So to assure its success, physical therapy is typically an important step to completing the treatment. If you want to know if you're doing everything you can to recover, and to learn more, please get in contact with Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Motion and Mobility

The goal of surgical treatment is always about returning to your motion and mobility. So it's no surprise that physical therapy is often a requirement of most orthopedic surgical procedures.

Physical therapy usually begins on the same day of surgery, if possible. A lot depends on the type and severity of the surgery, but occupational or physical therapy will need to part of the recovery process.

Physical therapy doesn't only help you heal properly, but you will be back to your daily activities much faster than without it.
You will be limited to the types of exercises you can perform immediately after surgery, so it's important to allow your doctor to set the types of exercises that are safe and that will not hinder healing instead of helping it.

Physical Therapy in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Your doctor will advise you on what you can anticipate after surgery and after the entirety of the recovery process. Rehab can take time and dedication, and realistic expectations. Surgery is just the first step, so make sure you stay in contact with your physician and follow their guidance to assure a successful recovery.

To find out the best possible approach to your own condition, make an appointment today with Dr. Chase and Dr. Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine by dialing (340) 714-2845 for Saint Thomas and (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix location.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
December 14, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Rheumatologist  

At Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, Dr. Mary Olsen of St. Croix and St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands offer patients the care they need. They offer patients a rheumatologist to diagnose and treat rheumatic diseases.

What are rheumatic diseases?

Rheumatic diseases are musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions. An internist or pediatrician has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. These diseases affect joints, muscles, and bones, which cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity.

Who needs a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist treats more than 120 different diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and other muscle or bone problems that impact joints and limit mobility or function.

A rheumatologist also treats:

  • chronic back pain
  • neck pain
  • muscle or tendon problems (tennis elbow or Achilles’ tendonitis)
  • osteoporosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease.

Rheumatologists don't operate but are involved before and after your operation. If your primary care physician can't make sense of your symptoms, a rheumatologist is called in to diagnose and treat rare medical conditions.

When should you see a rheumatologist?

Don't put off seeing your doctor if the pain isn't too bad or because you're afraid of taking medicine for whatever reason. You need a rheumatologist if you feel pain...

  • in joints that don’t get better
  • that involves multiple joints

Also, see a rheumatologist if you...

  • close relatives suffer from lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • relatives have inflammatory disorders in general
  • have relatives with psoriasis or arthritis
  • have symptoms of fever, overwhelming fatigue, weight loss, or malaise

Do you need a rheumatologist?

To learn more from the rheumatologists of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Croix and St. Thomas, call our office in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845 and St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. 

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
November 25, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Healthy Diet   Diet  

There are several preventative measures when caring for your health. Smart dietary choices can make a difference. At Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Croix or St. Thomas, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan offer patients the knowledge they need to improve their health through smart nutritional decisions.

Nutritional Choices

A healthy eating pattern is a lifestyle choice. Follow a healthy eating pattern by making smart food and beverage choices. Choose an appropriate calorie level to help achieve healthy body weight, meet their nutritional needs, and decrease chances of chronic disease. Here's a dietary guideline you can follow:

  1. Focus on a variety of food to help you meet the required nutrient needs within the calorie limits.
  2. Limit sugars, saturated fats, and sodium, like soda and candy.
  3. Opt for healthier food and beverage choices, like nuts and water.

Here Are Some Quick Tips

The specialists at St. Croix and St. Thomas advise you to write down what and how much you eat every day to help you keep track of daily calories and healthy choices.

Make healthy food shifts as well:

  • Go from chips to carrots
  • Go from protein bars to peaches
  • Go from bread to whole grains
  • Go from cookies to nuts

You can also make healthy beverage shifts as well:

  • Go from regular cola to soda/flavored water
  • Go from coffee with milk to coffee with fat-free milk

What's the appropriate caloric intake for each person?

Each person's caloric needs vary but there are general guidelines you can follow.

For Women:

  • Not physically active: 1,600
  • Moderately active: 1,800
  • Active: 2,000-2,200

For Men:

  • Not physically active: 2,000-2,200
  • Moderately active: 2,200-2,400
  • Active: 2,400-2,800

Do you need a consultation?

To learn more about proper dietary choices from Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Croix or St. Thomas, call our St. Thomas office at (340) 714-2845 and St. Croix at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
November 04, 2020
Category: Health Care

Here’s how to tackle your rheumatoid arthritis joint pain

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, affecting around 1.3 million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis most often develops in women between the ages of 30 and 60. While there is no cure for RA, our St. Thomas and St. Croix orthopedic team can help you manage your symptoms to slow the progression of this chronic disease. At Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, Dr. Mary Olsen is here for you.

Here are some ways to get your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms under control.

Catch Some Nightly ZZZs

Getting quality sleep every night is important for everyone but particularly necessary for those with RA. Not getting enough sleep could worsen pain and make getting around even harder. You should aim to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble getting quality sleep, talk with your St. Thomas or St. Croix doctor about treatment options and ways to improve your nightly bedtime routine for better-quality sleep.

Stay Active

You may be surprised to discover that regular exercise could help to alleviate some of the joint pain and stiffness you’re experiencing. Of course, you want to choose exercises that won’t put additional stress on the joints. Getting regular exercise can also improve sleep and reduce daytime fatigue. Look for low-impact exercise options like biking and swimming, as well as resistance training, to support healthy, strong muscles.

Eat a Healthy Diet

What you eat can also contribute to inflammation and worsening joint pain. That’s why you must be eating a diet that is rich in anti-inflammatories and nutrients. This includes a variety of different colorful vegetables, spices (e.g. turmeric), fruits, and even yogurt. You want to avoid processed foods, as well as sugar. Not sure what to eat to improve your health? Talk with your doctor.

Take Your Medication

There are certain prescription medications on the market that can help alleviate joint pain and stiffness associated with RA. One of those medications is methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine. These medications can also slow the progression of the disease. If you are dealing with painful, tender hands and feet, some medications can help you get your RA under control.

If you are having trouble getting your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms under control, the orthopedic specialists at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists can help. We have offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix to ensure that you get the comprehensive orthopedic treatment you need. Call Dr. Mary Olsen at (340) 714-2845 or (340) 692-5000 for an evaluation.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
September 18, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Healthy Heart   Heart  

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most vital indicators of overall health in the body. It can be as simple as the routine performance of movements that most people can do. Let the board-certified specialists at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Saint Thomas and Saint Croix be your hub for education concerning exercises for heart health. Drs. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmet Sayan are here for you.

Cardiovascular exercise is critical to proper blood oxygenation, as it increases the blood circulation and encourages deep breathing. Let’s discuss some exercises that improve heart health and performance:

Get outdoors

Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week is a terrific way to get your heart rate up and the blood moving through your body. For an added challenge, go for a hike in the mountains.

Throw yourself a party

Turn on some music at home and dance! Exercising your heart does not have to be a grueling job. Dance while you make dinner or clean your home.

Go for a run

Running is a surefire way to work out your heart. Ensure your running shoes fit properly and that you are well hydrated before your run.

Move some weights around

Weight training with challenging weights is a good way to get the heart going. Weightlifting also encourages aggressive fat loss, so your heart benefits in multiple ways.

Take a dip

Swimming is another fun way to tone the body, exercise your heart, and get your blood circulating. Whether it's in a pool or natural surroundings, swimming increases the heart rate and requires you to focus on your breath.

Need more info on how to incorporate positive changes and goals to your workouts? Contact Drs. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmey Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Reach our beautiful Saint Thomas office at (340) 714-2845. We also serve Saint Croix at (340) 692-5000.