World Spine Day: Your Spine at Work

by TOI Admin October 16, 2015

World Spine Day is a day to raise awareness on the importance of education related to good spinal health. This year's focus is taking care of your spine and back at work. 

Did you know?

Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.

  • Back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sick leave.
  • 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year.
  • In a recent study low back pain ranked as one of the most “disabling” conditions and sixth in terms of usage of health funding
It's important to take care of your spine no matter what kind of job you work. If you have a desk job, we hope this infographic helps you maintain good posture to help prevent back pain and injury. TOI is pround to have spine surgeons here to take care of you! Get to know them HERE


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World Arthritis Day! #WADHigh5

by TOI Admin October 12, 2015

World Arthritis Day (WAD) is...

A global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). WAD is recognized every year on October 12!  

Did you know?

RMDs can affect people of all ages including children and babies and if not treated appropriately, daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, cooking and personal hygiene and working are affected – reducing quality of life and impacting on physicalabilities[1],[2]

The prevalence of clinical anxiety and depression in those with RMDs is about twice that seen in the general population

Here's what YOU can do...

High 5 for World Arthritis Day’ forms part of the wider two-year World Arthritis Day campaign: 'It's in your hands, take action'. Our aim is to encourage people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) along with their families and friends, carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and the general public to seize every opportunity to make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs. 

Take action by sharing virtual High 5s on social media until end of October. uSE #WADHigh5

[1]. 10 things you should know about rheumatic diseases fact sheet. EULAR. Available at:

[2]. Physical activities and exercises for people with RMDs fact sheet. World Arthritis Day. Available at:

Bone and Joint Action Week

by TOI Admin October 9, 2015


An annual global event, Bone and Joint Action Week is held October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas.

You will find activities to do and ways to become better informed below. But before that, take a look at some facts:

  • More than half the American population over the age of 18 - 54 percent - are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.(1)
  • One in three (33%) people over the age of 18 required medical care for a musculoskeletal condition in each of the years 2009 to 2011, a 19% increase over the last decade.(2)
  • Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people.(3)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, spinal deformity, and childhood conditions.
  • The global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy and changes in risk factors unless new treatments and preventive measures are found.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life. Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases in the U.S. alone was estimated at $874 billion in 2009 to 2011 - equal to 5.73 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).(2)
  • Research funding is currently less than 2 percent of the National Institutes of Health annual budget, and continues to decline each year despite the high costs associated with injuries, arthritis, and back pain.
  • Since 2011, when "Baby Boomers" became beneficiaries of Medicare, the economic and societal cost of bone and joint health escalated and is expected to continue for decades.

Now is the time to raise awareness - and the reason for Bone and Joint Action Week.

In addition to activities throughout the week, there are five special days during Action Week.

  • October 12 - World Arthritis Day
  • October 16 - World Spine Day
  • October 17 - World Trauma Day
  • October 19 - World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day
  • October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

Santa Fe Century Bike Ride Team & Sponsorship

by TOI Admin October 8, 2015

TOI is a proud sponsor of the Santa Fe Century Bike Ride!

Once again, TOI is thrilled to support the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County through this wonderful, active community event. 

What is the Santa Fe Century Bike Ride?!

It's a cycling tour through the forest and pastures of the Santa Fe River Valley. The ride begins with a trip through the historic town of High Springs. The Century traverses the scenic tree-lined roads in Columbia County, and then crosses Union County on its way to Worthington Springs with a final pit stop at a roadside park once frequented by Ponce deLeon. 

Join Team TOI for the Santa Fe Century Bike Ride!

If you are a current or former patient at TOI and love to ride, you can join our team! All TOI team members will recieve a customized bike jersey. We only have 10 spaces, so hurry up and register!

How do I register for the SFC Bike Ride?

First, you must register for the bike ride, here. Once you have registered, please contact TOI's Marketing Department at Provide your name and jersey size. You will then be contacted with more details. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 



The TOI Family Mourns

by TOI Admin October 7, 2015

The TOI Family mourns the sudden loss of Michael K. Riley, M.D. We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

“Dr. Riley’s death is a tragic loss for his family, his patients, and for all of us at TOI. He was a talented physician providing orthopaedic care for so many patients in the Ocala community for over 17 years”, said a colleague at TOI.

Dr. Riley graduated from the University Michigan Medical School in 1993 and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University Of Florida College of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Riley was a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty in sports medicine. 

Dr. Riley's Memorial Service will take place at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church at 10am on Saturday, October 10. The address is 5 SE 17th St, Ocala, FL 34471.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation be made to Mahila Seva Mandal, an orphanage the Riley's donate to every year. Checks should be made out to Mahila Seva Mandal. Mail checks to Florida Women's Health, c/o Riley Memorial Donation, 4600 SW 46th Ct., Suite 150, Ocala, Fl 34474. This is his wife's office, Dr. Poorti Riley. The donations will be sent to the orphanage from there. 


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TOI's Blog is dedicated to patient education with topics addressing current issues in health and medicine. We will also blog about some of our other favorite things, like community events, our wonderful employees, helping the environment and whatever else comes to our minds! We hope the information contained in our blog is fun to read, assists you in making educated decisions regarding your health, and supports your decision to select TOI when you are in need of quality musculoskeletal care.


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