“Bad to the Bone”—Take time to focus on your bone and joint health this week!

This week is Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week, October 12-20. During this time, attention is focused on disorders such as arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis. According to the Bone and Joint Initiative USA, nearly half of all Americans over the age of 18 are affected by musculoskeletal conditions. It is important to take care of bone health, so that your physical capabilities will remain viable, even as you progress in age.

The increase in age of Baby Boomers, and even Generation X, have led to bone and joint health becoming a more hotbed topic in the realm of health care, and this is expected to increase as more Americans need access to orthopedic care. Although many times, bone and joint injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders cannot be fully averted, proper education on behalf of the patient, as well as heightened research from public health agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, will help to make a difference in many of the lives of those who suffer from bone and joint ailments.

Bone and joint health is also an essential service of Forrest General Hospital; so much so that in 2012, the hospital opened The Orthopedic Institute, a stand-alone orthopedic hospital–the only one in our region. The Orthopedic Institute offers highly specialized and experienced physicians and staff, the latest treatment options and advanced healthcare technology matching the highest levels of orthopedic care delivered anywhere in the United States. The Orthopedic Institute provides outpatient and inpatient care in one location and includes many assistive devices and procedures that are specifically tailored to an orthopedic patient’s special needs.

Where to go for more information:

  • Questions about bone and joint health, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445.
  • To learn more about The Orthopedic Institute, visit www.forrestgeneral.com .
  • For more information about Bone and Joint National Awareness Week, visit http://www.usbjd.org/projects/naw_op.cfm.

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