Hip fracture and arthritis, and how they can affect one’s entire body, will be the focus of Jersey City Medical Center’s next “Dinner with the Doctor,” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, 6 - 7 p.m., at The Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway in Bayonne. There is no cost to attend. To register for the event, call (201) 915-2080.
Presenting will be Dr. Frank Liporace, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Jersey City Medical Center.
The hip is prone to several types of injuries. These can happen in otherwise healthy joints due to an automobile accident or fall causing a bone to break or the femoral head to be forced out of its socket. Or, joints can become compromised by congenital deformities or osteoporosis that can leave the hip vulnerable to injury upon the slightest trauma.
While a broken hip or hip fracture can occur at any age, it is most common in people age 65 and older, particularly women, with osteoporosis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. Also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, the condition is characterized by a progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint. As this occurs, bare bone is exposed within the joint.
Most common in seniors
Hip arthritis typically affects patients over 50. It is more common in people who are overweight, and weight loss tends to reduce the symptoms associated with hip arthritis. There is also a genetic predisposition to this condition, as hip arthritis tends to run in families. Other factors that can contribute to hip arthritis include traumatic injuries to the hip and fractures to the bone around the joint.
Hip arthritis symptoms tend to progress over time – although patients often report good and bad months, and symptoms can change with the weather. The most common symptoms of hip arthritis are pain during activities or while walking, limited range of motion, and stiffness.
Treatment of hip arthritis may include weight loss, activity modification, walking aids, physical therapy, and the use of anti-inflammatory medications or joint supplements, before progressing to hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery.
Dr. Liporace trained at NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, and now teaches at NYU, which has the largest orthopaedic residency program in the country. He did a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Florida Orthopaedic Institute, and lectures and publishes frequently on orthopaedic trauma and reconstructive surgery.
“Dinner with the Doctor,” held monthly at various locations, gives local residents the chance to enjoy a light dinner and listen to leading physicians discuss their specialty and answer questions.
“Our mission is ‘enhancing life’ and, with our popular ‘Dinner with the Doctor’ series, which we have held for several years now, we help educate those who live and work in the community,” said Joseph F. Scott, president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. “We strongly encourage people to take advantage of the chance to meet Dr. Liporace and learn more about these common hip conditions.”