Evan Tavakoli, MD
Southwest Medical Group
Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery
20 S. Market Street, Suite 2, Cortez CO
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (2012) and University of Texas at Austin (2007)
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 2017
Dr. Evan Tavakoli joins Southwest Medical Group Orthopedics from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Tavakoli is a general orthopedic surgeon with interest in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics.
Orthopedics involves treating the musculoskeletal system- bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Tavakoli treats people with a variety of bone and joint problems including fractures, deformities, infection, arthritis, and ligament injuries. Usually orthopedic related diagnoses involve most issues of the upper and lower extremities, as well as the spine.
Tavakoli was drawn to the Four Corners because of the active outdoor lifestyle it offers. He loves the year round opportunities to hike, camp, ski and golf. As someone who enjoys these hobbies, he understands the importance of not only treating injuries but also preventing them. He is excited to work with student athletes, provide education on bone and joint health, and keeping people active so they can continue to go on adventures.
Importance of “prehab” as well as rehab
In order to prevent injuries, Tavakoli recommends some simple exercises everyone can do such as shoulder rotator cuff stretching and knee quad-strengthening activities to keep those joints in top shape. Young athletes are especially susceptible to overuse injuries. For example, the orthopedic and baseball communities have worked closely to establish recommended pinch counts to avoid common injuries. Parents should always take note of student athletes complaining about injuries specific to certain sports, especially if they play year round.
Vitamin D and Calcium
Recent research supports that children over age 5, adolescents and adults need at least 1000 IU per day of Vitamin D for good health – depending on age, weight and growth. Vitamin D deficiency is being recognized as far more common problem than once thought. Children and adults alike should combine a diet rich with Vitamin D foods, safe exposure to sunlight, and Vitamin D supplements to reach their daily goal.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which in effect is critical to bone and muscle health. What people do not realize is at a certain point our bone density slowly decreases. The body may start to breakdown more bone than it replaces by the time you reach your 20s to 30s. This can lead to your bones and joints becoming brittle or weak. Combining proper Vitamin D and Calcium intake to with regular exercise is essential to maintaining bone health.
Low impact exercise can be used to offset extreme activity to reduce the risk of injuries. Tavakoli recommends at least 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise each day. Weight bearing exercises use your body weight to apply a healthy stress to your bone and joints. People who exercise regularly tend to have stronger, denser bone. Tavakoli also believes yoga and tai chi are great activities to promote flexibility, improve balance and build core strength. All of which can help reduce the risk of muscle and ligament injuries. For most, proper nutrition and regular exercise can nurture injury prevention and significantly slow bone loss.