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Free Seminar to Explore Ways to Maintain Active Lifestyle with Arthritis

Thursday, November 08, 2007

University of Rochester Medical Center sports medicine physicians will hold a free lecture to discuss ways adults with arthritis can maintain an active lifestyle from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28,  at the Greece University Sports Medicine (USM) office located at 120 Erie Canal Drive in Greece.

Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition that causes pain and disability in more than 20 million Americans each year. According to Mark Mirabelli, M.D., a primary care sports medicine specialist at USM, osteoarthritis is frequently associated with the “wear and tear” of joints that occurs as people age.

“More and more of our patients do not want to reduce or stop their fitness program, despite the pain and decreased mobility that occurs due to their arthritis,” Mirabelli said.  “The seminar will provide helpful guidelines on how to stay active in a way that does not further worsen arthritis, and explore the various treatments that can help people better manage their disease.”

In addition to discussing signs and symptoms of arthritis, and basic treatments such as icing, braces and pain relievers, the discussion also will review general rehabilitation and exercises that can help maintain joint health, and various injections that can decrease inflammation and pain.  Also, Christopher Drinkwater, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will discuss some of the newer treatment options available to people with end-stage arthritis including hip resurfacing and computer assisted surgery for knee and total hip replacements. 

There is no fee for the talk, but registration is required by calling (585) 225-6296.

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