Do you have joint pain? Join us May 31 for Spirit of U

If joint pain or limited motion is a problem for you, join us for the latest Spirit of U lunch to learn your best options for joint care. Joseph Moskal, M.D., Chair of Orthopaedics at Carilion Clinic, will lead the discussion.

Carilion Clinic’s Orthopaedics team is the most experienced in our region. Our surgeons are committed to helping you stay strong, keep moving and—most importantly—feel like you again.

Admission is $15 (includes lunch) and registration is required.

YOUR BONES, YOUR BODY

Maintaining strong, healthy bones is essential as we grow older. Specifically, the hip bone enables mobility for the pelvis area and lower extremity. Daily doses of calcium and vitamin D, along with exercise, can help the body fight against bone loss. When the body lacks these vital nutrients or muscle-building activities, common bone problems often occur:

  • Osteoporosis affects approximately ten million Americans. This disease silently weakens the bones, which increases the chances of fractures, and is common in older women.
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder that causes the bones to break very easily. It can cause weak muscles, brittle teeth, a curved spine and hearing loss.
  • Paget’s Disease causes the bones in your body to grow larger and weaker than normal. Other symptoms include arthritis and hearing loss.
  • Osteoarthrosis (aka degenerative joint disorder) is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when cartilage in your joints is worn down over time.

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. Hip-related pain is not confined to the hip area; you may also feel pain in your mid-thigh or groin area. Pain in your hips can even represent a back problem.
  2. Hip pain can be caused by arthritis (inflammation on one or more joints), osteonecrosis (lack of blood flow to the bone, causing bone loss), tendonitis (inflammation, irritation and swelling of a tendon), lower back pain and infection.
  3. Smoking accelerates bone loss by reducing the absorption of calcium in the body. Another culprit? Excessive consumption of alcohol, which slows bone formation and also reduces your body’s ability to absorb calcium.
  4. A bone density test (aka densitometry or DXA scan) can determine whether you have or are at risk for osteoporosis.



Men Get Osteoporosis Too

At Carilion Clinic, we help women be as healthy as possible through every stage of life. Right here in our own community, we have a full range of board-certified doctors and dedicated support staff. We offer preventive screening options, advanced diagnostic techniques, and cutting-edge treatment. All in an environment that is warm, personalized, and patient-centered.