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

ger people are developing OA symptoms.

According to Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS, "Our scientists and clinicians are innovating both nonsurgical and surgical treatments that will slow the progression of osteoarthritis, and combining multi-disciplinary approaches to identify risk factors, and to prevent and reduce inflammation at its onset."

While the key is prevention through education, there is a great deal of research occurring around treatment as well. "One key focus of our research," according to Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., Surgeon-in-Chief at HSS, "is identifying new and better surgical solutions for advanced cases involving novel biomaterials, the development of inventive implant designs and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Joint replacement registries will also play a central role in benefiting the next generation in a national effort."

"Through our broad-reaching campaign, we hope to make a difference in the lives of those who have arthritis," said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "There are steps people can take today that can change the course of this disease. We are proud to have Hospital for Special Surgery helping with others to communicate the preventative steps and demonstrate the treatment success that is now possible for people with osteoarthritis."

Complementing the Arthritis Foundation's extensive educational outreach, Special Surgery offers patient education with classes for early stage and postoperative care. A team of dedicated professionally trained physical therapists, led by Vice President Rehabilitation JeMe Cioppa-Mosca, PT, is focused on restoring patient function before or after surgery. In addition, The Joint Mobility Center provides comprehensive rehabilitative services tailored to patients with musculoskeletal problems resulting from OA o
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