Orthopedic Surgeon Leads Luncheon on These Old Bones in Motion

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ORANGE CITY, Fla., June 22, 2018 On June 12, more than 100 community members joined AdventHealth Fish Memorial for a free orthopedic luncheon at the DeBary Golf and Country Club.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Reed led the seminar called These Old Bones in Motion, and addressed common joint issues impacting the hip, knees and shoulders.

According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an estimated 63 million visits to Orthopedic specialists in 2010 and the top complaints were of knee, shoulder and back pain. Of those, approximately 42 percent were between the ages of 45-64.

With people living longer these days, there is a higher expectation of continued activity and quality of life up into our 70s and 80s, Reed said during the event. Bones are like your car: if you put enough miles on them, something will wear out. Proper maintenance can help keep you going for miles to come, but when there is no tread left on your tires. It is time to consider a new set, and in our analogy here, that would be a joint replacement.

Reed went on to explain that the aging process makes bones become weaker, increasing the risk of a fracture.

About 70 percent of those over 65 who have osteoporosis have never been screened and don't even know they have osteoporosis, he said. With 2 million people coming to the ER each year after a fall, and half a million of those result in hospital stays, it is important to do all we can to prevent falls, as well as get a bone density scan to screen for osteoporosis.

In addition, Reed encouraged attendees to exercise to help reduce their risk of joint issues or fractures.

As we age, two forms of exercise are most important to focus on: 1) aerobic cardio, which gets your heart pumping, and 2) strength training, which helps keep aging muscles from losing strength, he said. Weight-bearing exercise can not only improve your cardiovascular health, but they can also help improve bone strength for a reduced risk of fracture.

AdventHealth Fish Memorial is the only facility in Volusia or Flagler counties to earn certification for spinal surgery by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit national organization. Center of Excellence Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for total hip and total knee replacement surgery.

About AdventHealth Fish Memorial

AdventHealth Fish Memorial is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Fish Memorial has 175-beds and is one of the seven AdventHealth’s in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees.

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