Register Today to Join Our Evening of Orthopedic Education

Achy knees? Sore shoulder? Join us on Monday, October 15 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for a evening of free orthopedic education presented by expert orthopedic surgeons from our Medical Center. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Matthew Deren, MD, will present “Explore Possibilities in Arthritis and Joint Pain Treatment.” From 7 to 8 pm, Wayne Chan, MD, will present “Solutions for Shoulder Pain.” Seminar space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Register today for one or both presentations.

Does Inflammatory Arthritis Worsen in the Winter?

How do your joints feel today? Does your inflammatory arthritis pain worsen in the winter? There are a lot of people who claim their arthritis signals when bad weather is coming, but is there any fact to this myth? Find out by reading a recent Simply Well blog post to learn the facts behind inflammatory arthritis. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Join Us on Facebook for Arthritis Awareness Month!

How much do you know about the different types of arthritis? Arthritis refers to about 120 different diseases of the joints, muscles and other soft tissues. It affects about 50 million people in the United States, and like any disease, the first step to conquering it is by understanding what causes it and how you can live with it. With so many different forms of arthritis, join us this month as we talk about some of the most common forms of arthritis on our Facebook page in honor of Arthritis Awareness Month.

National Arthritis Awareness Month Is Recognized in May

arthritis foundationNational Arthritis Awareness Month is recognized each year in May. It is the number one cause of disability in the country, a growing disease that currently impacts more than 50 million adults and an estimated 300,000 children. By 2030, the number of Americans suffering from arthritis is expected to grow to 67 million. Arthritis affects not only the joints, but the skin, eyes, heart and lungs. Learn more about symptoms and the various forms arthritis and rheumatic diseases. If you suffer from any of the noted symptoms, speak with your physician today to help ease the pain and live a fuller life. Visit our website to learn more.

Watch What You Eat: Eight Foods That Increase Inflammation 

pizzaWhen you have arthritis, your body is in an inflammatory state, and what you eat may not only increase inflammation, it can also set you up for other chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Read our Simply Well blog post to learn about eight inflammation food triggers. The good news is that studies reinforce that eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is good for you. Try this yummy recipe this weekend and enjoy a guilt-free treat. Simply Well, our systemwide community wellness blog, is produced by our Marketing and Communications Department.

Learn Why Exercising with Arthritis Is Good For Your Joints

MSK_StayInMotion july15For those suffering from arthritis, the thought of exercising may be intimidating. However, exercise offers many benefits to arthritis patients. In the summer issue of Stay in Motion our Medical Center newsletter from the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, find out how exercises like swimming and running can help your arthritis. Our team of orthopedic and rheumatology specialists can help you improve your arthritis and enjoy an active lifestyle. Subscribe to Stay in Motion.


Got Arthritis? Turn to Swimming and Water Exercise This Summer!

swimming underwater viewSwimming provides an overall workout for the body and it’s especially effective for people with arthritis, as it does not put extra stress on achy joints. The buoyancy of the water helps reduce the stress on painful weight-bearing joints and allows for increased range of motion. Arthritis Today reports that if you don’t want to swim laps but still want the benefits of a water workout, try water walking. Exercising in a pool is especially beneficial in the hot months, as you’ll avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration. Visit your local athletic club for exercise classes. Your joints will thank you. Visit our website to more about arthritis and joint replacement care.

Walk to Cure Arthritis Names Employee Jen Melanson Adult Honoree 

Jen Melanson

Jen Melanson

In honor of National Arthritis Month, congratulations go out to Jen Melanson, a unit clerk in the Critical Care Unit on the Memorial Campus, for being selected as this year’s Central Massachusetts Walk to Cure Arthritis adult honoree. Jen was selected for her positive attitude and will help raise awareness about arthritis in our community. “I walk for everyone with arthritis, in every form. Arthritis is a serious, often debilitating disease. But it does not have to be a life sentence. You can LIVE with arthritis!” said Jen. Visit the walk website to learn more.

Dr. Baima Explains the Benefits of Exercising with Arthritis

In this Health Watch segment, Jennifer Baima, MD, orthopedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation, explains that patients with arthritis benefit from moderate exercise. Dr. Baima describes various exercises and shares tips for keeping joints protected and healthy.

How Osteoarthritis Pain Affects Your Body

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 27 million Americans. In a recent Charter TV3 Health Watch, Dr. Peggy Wu, rheumatologist, explains the symptoms of OA and provides tips to help offset the pain and onset of this degenerative disease. Watch here and join the team at Sunday’s Walk to Cure Arthritis.