in Non-Operative and Operative Treatments of Hip, Knee and
By Paula Deasy
ARTHRITIS IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY IN THE U.S; 42.7 MILLION
AMERICANS HAVE ARTHRITIS AND MORE THAN A THIRD REPORT THAT ARTHRITIS PAIN
LIMITS THEIR DAILY ACTIVITIES.For many,
anxiety or fear of the unknown prevents them from seeking help that could
improve their quality of life.
On Saturday, June 21, Dr.
Anthony M. DiGioia, III, a leader in Patient and Family Centered Care and one
of the pioneers of less invasive and computer assisted orthopaedic surgery,
will chair an event for patients in the Bone and Joint Health Series entitledLet
Your Journey to Wellness Begin!Boomeritis:
Help for those Aching Hips, Knees and Back.The Bone and Joint Health
Series presents four events each year.The upcoming program on June 21 will be held at the CCAC Boyce Campus
and is open to the public and free of charge!
"In this age of having
massive amounts of information available at one's fingertips, patients and
families can have a hard time sorting through it all," said Dr. DiGioia, a
practicing orthopaedic surgeon at Renaissance Orthopaedics and founder of The Orthopaedic
Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
"The program on June 21st
is designed for patients and their families who have an interest in learning
more about those aching hips, knees and back," DiGioia explained. "The goal is
help people sort out fact from fiction and let them hear directly from the experts
about the non-operative as well as the operative treatments. Our hope is that
these events will improve communication and knowledge and reduce anxiety so that patients can make informed choices
regarding treatment and maintenance of health."
A keynote presentation
entitled"Patient and Family Centered Care: Reducing Anxiety and Providing
Exceptional Care Experiences and Outcomes"will be
given by Dr. DiGioia. He will be joined by orthopaedic and spine surgeons, a rheumatologist
and a physical therapist to discuss the evaluation, diagnosis, treatments and exercise possibilities for
those suffering from hip, knee and back pain. In addition there will be an "Ask
the Doctor" panel discussion as part of the program.
Another resource for those
seeking help for aching bones and joints is the blog at
www.amd3.org/ROblog. "The site was created on the advice of our
Patient and Family Advisory Council and in response to all of the information about bone and joint health,
" DiGioia continued. "We have a 'Fact & Fiction' column that can help
patients obtain current and accurate information, and the blog site enables
people to learn from patients' stories and to ask questions of patients and
families living through similar experiences."
For more information or to register for the June 21st event, visit
www. boneandjointhealth. org.
For questions, call 412-683-3260or send an
email to info@ boneandjointhealth. org.