Barton Health lecture series continues with joint replacement talk
WHAT: Barton lecture series: Joint replacement
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6-7 p.m.
WHERE: Lake tahoe community College Boardroom
With an increasingly active outdoor culture in the U.S. and people engaging in sports like skiing and biking into their 70s and beyond, it can be a challenge for knee, hip and shoulder joints to keep up.
“We’re seeing more and more people that are having joint replacements earlier and earlier in life,” said Jason Collin, a physical therapist with Barton Health. “It’s becoming much less invasive.”
Collin said joint replacement surgery has become the most successful elective surgery in the country. According to Barton Health, a half-million people annually elect for a joint replacement surgery and are back doing light activities within weeks of the surgery.
But a sore hip doesn’t necessarily mean a replacement is necessary.
“We’re always going to try conservative treatments first,” Collin said.
Joint replacement and alternative treatments will be the topic of this month’s Barton Health Wellness Lecture Series, Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College.
“This is a great way to get educated,” Barton spokeswoman Mindi Befu said.
With the country moving toward a more preventative model of healthcare, Befu added, “Educating the community on different health topics helps people to understand their medical options and to engage in ways to manage their health on the front end.”
Barton’s free lecture series features a variety of topics geared toward public awareness and preventative health measures.
Last month’s talk involved avoiding orthopedic skiing and snowboarding injuries with a talk by U.S. Ski Team physician Dr. Terrence Orr. Wednesday’s lecture will feature a presentation by Collin and Barton orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kyle Swanson.
Swanson will discuss knee, shoulder and hip replacement surgery procedures as well as alternative treatment options and the process leading up to electing surgery.
“There are things that won’t fix the problem, but will buy people time,” Collin said of alternative treatments like cartilage injections or cortisone treatments.
Following Swanson’s lecture, Collin will cover the recovery and rehabilitation process.
“We have a very active community,” he said. “Our goal is to get people back into action.”
He recommended the presentation for “anybody with joint pain that may think this is a path they will be on sooner or later.”
Wednesday’s lecture series event will take place in the LTCC Boardroom, and include the opportunity for a question-and-answer session. Barton Health’s lecture series will continue in January with a presentation on environmental cancer-causing agents. They will discuss cardiology related topics in February.
More information is available at http://www.bartonhealth.org
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