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Health Education Series 2014 talk on Joint Replacements at the Bristol Public Library

June 02, 2014

Dr. Gabriel Hommel will be the June presenter for the Bristol Public Library’s June Health Education Series 2014 on “Joint Replacements.” Dr. Hommel who is with Appalachian Orthopaedics will speak on Thursday, June 12th at 6:30 PM in the J. Henry Kegley large Meeting Room at the Main Library at 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia. The presentation is open to the public and free.

The goal of the Health Education Series 2014 is to offer the community the opportunity to keep up with the latest information on a wide variety of health care concerns, and joint replacement is a growing issue for many people, especially those in the “Boomer” generation. The most common reason for joint replacement is pain and decreased quality of life from osteoarthritis. With an aging population and one-third of Americans obese, prevalence of osteoarthritis is expected to increase. Demand for joint replacements will grow an estimated 175 percent for total hip replacements and six-fold for total knee replacements by 2030. The need for joint replacements affects more women than men.

The Health Education Series 2014 is an on-going program of the Bristol Public Library in partnership with the Bristol Family Physicians, the Quillen College of Medicine, and Wellmont Health Systems. Presentations take place on the second Thursday of each month, March through December. Upcoming presentations will cover topics including how to make your summer safer, information for a traumatic brain injuries in sports, acupuncture, obesity, osteoporosis, and robotic surgery. A brochure listing all the events, topics, and speakers is available at the main Library, the Avoca Branch Library, the Slater Center, and a number of medical offices.