Spectrum Health Offers Free Joint Pain Seminars

Spectrum Health is holding a series of free seminars about joint pain in June.
The public is invited to learn about current treatments, therapies and surgical procedures that can help people enjoy spring and summer activities by easing joint pain, improving range of motion and increasing activity levels.

The three free seminars will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Calvin College – Prince Conference Center in southeast Grand Rapids. Preregistration is required by calling 616.267.2626, option 4.

Thursday, June 3 – When Osteoarthritis Leads to Hip Replacement
Susan M. Day, MD
mmpc® — a member of Spectrum Health

Hip osteoarthritis, or ‘wear and tear’ arthritis, is the most common type of hip arthritis. In addition to stiffness and pain in the groin and thigh area, people with hip arthritis may experience back pain. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for hip arthritis, including when to consider hip replacement surgery, what’s involved and what you can expect afterwards.

Wednesday, June 9 – Partial Knee Replacement: Why Go All the Way?
Randy F. R. Lovell, MD
Michigan Street Orthopedic Specialists PC

If you’re suffering from knee pain, you’re not alone. Almost one in three Americans older than age 45 reports some type of knee pain. Find out how you can relieve the pain, when to consider knee replacement surgery, and why partial knee replacement may be a viable alternative to total knee replacement for some people.

Wednesday, June 23 – When Your Shoulder Hurts: Is Replacement Surgery the Answer?
William W. Schwab, MD
Orthopedic Associates of Michigan

Shoulder pain is a very common problem for people over age 50. It can be caused by arthritis, a rotator cuff tear, bone spurs and more. Learn how to tell what’s causing your pain and more importantly, what you can do about it. We’ll explore conservative treatments as well as surgery. 

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, a collection of eight hospitals and more than 140 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group, mmpc® and West Michigan Heart—physician groups totaling more than 400 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with nearly 580,000 members. Spectrum Health’s 16,000 employees, 1,500 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care. The organization provided $79.4 million in community benefit during its 2009 fiscal year. As a system, Spectrum Health has earned more than 100 awards since it was formed in 1997.