Many Americans are troubled with chronic hip or knee pain. The St. Vincent Center for Joint Replacement is inviting the public to attend a free luncheon discussion on hip and knee pain and the various types of treatment available.
The seminar will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 1, at Traditions, 105 East National Ave. The event is part of the festivities surrounding the opening of the new outpatient and diagnostic center at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Brazil native, Dr. Philip Ireland, an orthopedic specialist and surgeon will give the presentation.
Ireland grew up in Brazil with his parents, Harley and Virginia and brothers, Dick, Don and the late Charles Ireland. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1966. Dr. Robert Maurer and Dr. Rahim Farid both were very influential in his decision to become a doctor.
"I worked as an orderly at Clay County Hospital and followed them around," Ireland said. "I watched how medicine was practiced in a small town."
Ireland said he always valued the opportunity of growing up in Brazil.
"The freedom of growing up in a small town was something special. Everybody in town knew who you were. There was the concept of the whole town raising you. I wish my kids had had an opportunity to experience that."
Ireland graduated from medical school at Indiana University in 1978.
"One of my best friends is Judge Ernie Yelton," Ireland continued. "I grew up with his wife, Mary (Rumbley). Our families were best friends. I met Ernie through Mary at I.U.
"We all lived in government-subsidized housing on the west side of Indianapolis while Ernie was in law school and I was in med. school. We didn't have any extra money for entertainment. So we'd rotate apartments on Friday nights and put some hamburgers on the grill and play bridge. That was our basic entertainment for years.
Ireland and his wife, Kathy, live in Carmel. Their son Trad is a senior at DePauw and son Kyle is a junior at the University of Colorado.
Ireland's Hip and Knee Surgery practice is located in Indianapolis. It is a part of the St. Vincent Center for Joint Replacement. He will be discussing the causes and treatment of hip and knee pain at the seminar on Aug. 1.
The most common cause of hip and knee pain is arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Forty-three million Americans have some form of it. The two main types are osteorathritis and rheumatoid.
Osteorathritis is the most common form. It's a degenerative disease and wears away the cartilage covering the bones resulting in pain and swelling.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic/long lasting disease that can attack joints. People with rheumatoid arthritis can experience constant swelling, pain and stiffness.
Dr. Ireland will discuss nonsurgical ways to treat arthritis as well as replacement surgery and alternative treatments.
The public is invited to attend this free seminar. There is limited space available so attendees are asked to register early by calling the St. Vincent CareLine at 888-338-CARE today. Late registration may be accepted if seating is available.