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Saint John’s Sponsors Orthopedics Forum

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, musculoskeletal disorders requiring medical attention affect more than one in four Americans, accounting for more than half of all chronic conditions in people older than 50 years of age in developed countries.

By the year 2020 it is estimated that half of all Americans over 50 will have weak bones. Whether you are a weekend athlete, an Olympic medalist or somewhere in between, musculoskeletal injury may seriously disrupt your plans for tomorrow, the next day and often longer.

Saint John’s Health Center will sponsor a free community education forum, “A Woman’s Health — Orthopedics: Arthritis, Joint and Bone Health†on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm and repeated on Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:00 -4:00pm at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica.

An expert team of Saint John’s clinicians will participate in the forums which will include a question and answer panel.

Rheumatologists, Thomas Susko, MD (evening) and Orrin Troum, MD (afternoon), will discuss “Women and Arthritis — What We Now Know.†Often called a silent disease, osteoporosis may be present long before a fracture heralds its presence.

“Bone Loss — Osteoporosis and Osteopenia — Benefit and Risk of Treatment including role of Vitamin D†will be presented by Frederick Singer, MD (both forums), endocrinologist and Director of the Bone and Endocrine Disease Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s. Saint John’s distinguished orthopedic surgeons join the slate of speakers.

Kevin Ehrhart, MD (evening), orthopedic surgeon of the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, will present “Hip and Knee Surgery — Repair or Replacement;†Bert Mandelbaum, MD (afternoon), orthopedic surgeon of the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, will present “Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery — Knee and Shoulder;†and Steven Shin, MD (evening), Director of Hand Surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic at Saint John’s will discuss “Hand and Wrist Disorders and Treatment —- Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis and Injury.†Additionally, Krista Schofield OTR, CHT (afternoon), Certified Hand Therapist at Performance Therapy at Saint John’s will present “Hand Therapy — Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow.â€

This community education forum is open to the public. Advance reservations required. Please call 310-829-8453.

About Saint John’s
Since its founding in 1942 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Saint John’s Health Center has been providing the patients and families of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and ocean communities with breakthrough medicine and inspired healing. Saint John’s provides a spectrum of treatment and diagnostic services with distinguished areas of excellence in cancer care, spine, orthopedics, women’s health, cardiac care and specialized programs such as the internationally acclaimed John Wayne Cancer Institute. Saint John’s is dedicated to bringing to the community the most innovative advances in medicine and technology.

For more information: www.newstjohns.org.

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