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Ortho CollageCome meet and Speak with expert physicians at NHRMC's Live & Learn Joint Pain Seminar

Want free advice on hip or knee pain from top orthopedic experts? Then plan on attending New Hanover Regional Medical Center's next Live & Learn Joint Pain Seminar at Cape Fear Hospital on either Wednesday, January 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, January 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Both seminars will feature expert orthopedic 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 healthcare concerns. Seminars include healthy refreshments.

Ranked in the top 10 percent of all orthopedic facilities nationally, New Hanover Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Center at Cape Fear Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient surgical services for patients with problems with their muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves.

The center includes specialists in hand, foot, ankle and spine as well as arthroscopic surgeries, sports medicine and joint replacement. Each year, the orthopedic team replaces more than 1,400 joints, giving patients an opportunity to get back to a more active life.

So come talk with the experts on Wednesday, January 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, January 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cape Fear Hospital about your hip or knee pain and the treatment options available. Reserve your space today by registering online at, or by calling VitaLine at 910.815.5188.




Q. What causes knee or hip pain?

A. Knee and hip pain have many causes but are usually associated with arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of knee and hip arthritis and results in the progressive wearing away of cartilage, which in turn can create painful "bone-on-bone" contact.

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.

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 compo-nents. 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" of the thigh bone 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.

Meeting with an orthopedic spe-cialist will provide you with options that best meet your individual needs.

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. Consult with your primary healthcare provider and orthopedic specialist for your treatment options.


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 and Orthopaedic Specialists
  • Carter Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
  • Moore Orthopaedics
  • North Carolina Shoulder & Elbow Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Port City Orthopaedics
  • Wilmington Orthopaedic Group
  • Wilmington Health Orthopaedics

For more information on the
NHRMC Orthopedic Center, visit


Free Live & Learn Seminar 
2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000