A recent event in Waupaca brought together specialists to share their expertise. Held at the Best Western Plus Grand Seasons Hotel on November 6, the seminar, “Back to Your Lifestyle Without Joint Pain,” featured a variety of speakers ranging from health care professionals to financial advisors.
The program was designed to educate people affected by joint issues. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the number of total hip replacement procedures performed each year in the U.S. is estimated at 285,000. The number of total knee replacement surgeries is estimated at 600,000.
Those numbers reflect a dramatic increase over the last decade due in large part to baby boomers embracing a more active lifestyle. Advancements in surgical techniques and prostheses also encourage more people to avoid postponing surgery.
While the majority of those procedures are performed on people over 60, the demographic is changing. Hip replacement surgery performed on younger people is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. Knee replacement procedures, once reserved for candidates with advanced arthritis, will undergo the same kind of shift.
Presenters at the event included surgeons from the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley. Dr. Kenneth Schaufelberger analyzed hand and upper extremity issues; Dr. Brian Lohrbach reviewed hip and knee replacement; Dr. Todd Derksen presented information on foot issues and ankle replacement.
Also presenting were Dr. Chris Enslin, PhD, of Recover Health, Curt Kubiak, CEO of the Orthopedic & Sports Institute, and Christopher Collar of Helen’s House.
Attendees of the program were also provided commentary from Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine therapists David Reybrock and Tammy Vanevenhoven.
Rounding out the panel were Nicholas Corrente, Private Client Advisor from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Jim Jernegan of Jernegan’s Health Mart Pharmacy, and Diane Collier of Erickson Home Medical Equipment. COO Fred Hauser of the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley emceed the event.
Participating providers also set up booths prior to the seminar to supply additional information to those in attendance. Individual presentations were followed by a question and answer session with the audience, and the evening concluded with a drawing for an iPad.