Come meet and speak with expert physicians at NHRMC's Live & Learn Hip and Knee Pain Seminar
On Thursday, July 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Fitness and Wellness Center at Brunswick Forest and again on Thursday, July 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach, come learn more about hip, knee and joint pain treatment at New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Live & Learn Seminar.
With presentations by some of the region's finest orthopedic and rehabilitation physicians, the seminars will focus on the most technically advanced surgical and nonsurgical options for treating hip, knee and joint pain. Question-and-answer sessions at the end of each seminar allow attendees to ask physicians about their specific healthcare concerns. Healthy refreshments will be served.
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.
So come talk with the experts at NHRMC's July 14 and July 28 Live & Learn seminars about your hip or knee pain, and the treatment options available. Reserve your space today by registering online at nhrmc.org/liveandlearn, or by calling VitaLine at 910.815.5188.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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-bone" 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 wornout 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," of the thighbone closest to 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.