Hospital Hosts Free Arthritis Seminars this Month

Alameda Hospital announced recently it will begin presenting a series of seminars on prevention and treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee at no charge to the public.

The first seminar will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dal Cielo Conference Room, second floor at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave.

Speakers will be James DiStefano, M.D. an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine and Nicholas Pirnia, M.D. and orthopedic surgeon, fellowship- trained in spine surgery. Both doctors provide care at the Bay Area Bone and Joint Center, an affiliate of Alameda Hospital.

Millions of Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, a disease that causes breakdown of cartilage in joints, often of the hip and knee. Recent advances in orthopedic surgery have changed the way arthritis is treated, allowing more healthy and active lifestyles.

Drs. DiStefano and Pirnia will explain:

• The symptoms and causes of hip and knee arthritis

• How you can prevent this arthritis

• The latest treatment options available

• The future of joint replacement surgery

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Call 814-4362 to reserve a seat.

The doctors return Saturday, March 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for their free monthly drop-in "Ask an orthopedic surgeon" session.

• Have a bone or joint-related question?

• A nagging ache or pain that won't go away?

• Not able to enjoy the activities you love?

Drs. DiStefano and Pirnia will answer questions about keeping bones and joints healthy and happy.

This informative session meets on the last Saturday of every month.

The seminars will be held in the Women's Health Center, on the first floor of Alameda Hospital.

For more information, call 814-4362, or visit


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