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HSS Supports Arthritis Foundation Focus on Raising National Awareness of Osteoarthritis
Date:2/5/2010

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospital for Special Surgery, (HSS), a world leader in orthopedics and rheumatology, today announced its support of the Arthritis Foundation and Ad Council newly launched campaign, "Moving is the Best Medicine," to raise awareness of osteoarthritis, increase public health education and support breakthrough research.

"Like the Arthritis Foundation, we are focusing our extensive clinical and research resources on raising awareness of the potentially debilitating effects of osteoarthritis in this country," said Stephen Paget, M.D., physician-in-chief and chair of the division of rheumatology at HSS. "We applaud the efforts of the Arthritis Foundation and the Ad Council as they begin a multi-year initiative to improve the understanding of osteoarthritis, and we join them with our commitment to identify better methods to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease," Dr. Paget continued.

Hospital for Special Surgery has the largest group of rheumatologists of any hospital in the country. With a focus on muscle, bone and joint pain, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physiatrists, radiologists and pain management specialists attend to 240,000 patient visits annually.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It affects more than 27 million Americans, mostly adults over the age of 65, and is a leading cause of disability in the U.S. While the painful symptoms of OA can be easily recognized, scientists continue research on its root causes. With prevalence of the disease expected to rise within the next decade, OA, because it affects so many, is considered one of the most urgent research challenges of the 21st century.

Traditionally OA has been associated with an older demographic, but as active baby boomers age and obesity rates rise, increasing numbers of youn
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