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With some of last year’s seminars reaching hundreds and with overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the region’s premier healthcare provider, begins its second season of free Live & Learn seminars on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 25, at Brunswick Forest with joint pain seminars focusing on hips, knees and sports medicine.

These Live & Learn events will feature expert physicians from local practices speaking on joint pain, primarily hip and knee, and sports medicine. Question-and-answer sessions at the end of each seminar allow attendees to ask physicians about their specific healthcareâ€쳌 concerns. Seminars include heart-healthy refreshments.

So, come meet and talk with expert physicians from NHRMC on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Fitness and Wellness Center at Brunswick Forest about your hip or knee pain and the treatment options available.

Reserve your space today by calling VitaLine at 910.815.5188 or register online at nhrmc.org/liveandlearn.

 
 
   

In Need of Orthopedic Care?

The following is a list of local orthopedic practices that can advise on a range of treatment options.

 
   

Atlantic Orthopedics
Bowling Orthopaedics
Cape Fear Sports Medicine
Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists
Carter Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Moore Orthopaedics
North Carolina Shoulder & Elbow Surgery & Sports Medicine
Port City Orthopaedics Wilmington Orthopaedic Group

 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

For more information on the NHRMC Orthopedic Center, visit www.nhrmc.org/orthopedics, or call VitaLine at 815.5188.

 
 

Q. What causes knee or hip pain?
A. Knee pain has many causes but is usually associated with arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of knee arthritis and results in the progressive wearing away of cartilage around the knee joint, which in turn can create painful “bone-on-boneâ€쳌 contact. Like knee pain, hip pain’s most common cause is also arthritis. As the protective cartilage in the hip wears away, the hip joint operates without cushion, causing pain.

Q. How are knee and hip pain treated?
A. Non-surgical treatments can include physical therapy, prescription or over-the-counter medications, or steroid injections to help relieve pain and promote better function. If the pain becomes debilitating, surgical replacement of the hip or knee may be required. Meeting with an orthopedic specialist will provide you with options that best meet your individual needs.
In knee replacement, the worn-out lower end of the femur (thigh bone) and the worn-out upper end of the tibia (shin bone) are removed and receive metal prosthetic components. In between these components sits a thin plastic insert allowing the femur to move smoothly over the tibia. Together, these parts form the new knee joint.

 

 

Similarly, in hip replacement, the worn-out top, or “ball,â€쳌 of the thighbone closest the hip is removed and replaced with a metal prosthetic ball. The socket into which that ball fits is cleaned of arthritic bone and lined with a metal, ceramic or plastic cup to accommodate the prosthetic ball, forming a new hip joint. Both procedures are performed under general or spinal anesthesia and last between one and two hours.

Q. At what point should I consider knee or hip replacement?
A. When knee or hip pain becomes chronic, fails to respond to non-surgical remedies and begins to interfere with life’s daily activities, surgical options for knee or hip pain should be considered. Knee or hip replacement is most common in men and women over the age of 45. Consult with your primary healthcare provider and orthopedic specialist for your treatment options.

 
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2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000