Arthritis Seminar at McLeod Dillon on May 17


(5/02/12) – On May 17, 2012, McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon will host a free Arthritis Seminar in the McLeod Dillon Auxiliary Room at 6:30 p.m. Presenting Treatment of Arthritis – Medical and Surgical Options will be Dr. Michael Sutton of McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon and Philip Verjans, Director of Rehabilitative Services at McLeod Dillon. A light meal will be served. To register for this event, please call 777-2005.

It is estimated that one in three Americans have some form of arthritis or joint pain. It is important to address the affected areas before more serious problems or long lasting damage occurs.

The first approach to treatment is to try more conservative methods. Rest allows the injured tissues to heal themselves. Heat also eases pain. To reduce both pain and inflammation, your physician may suggest a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or acetaminophen. In more advanced cases, you may require corticosteroid injections.

In addition, physical therapy can provide exercises designed to preserve the strength and use of your joints, as well as build strength in the muscles surrounding the affected joints.

Surgery should be addressed if these methods do not help, or if the case is more severe. The type of surgery depends on which joints in the body are involved.

If you experience any of the following, you may suffer from arthritis:
□ You have pain or swelling in your joint(s).
□ You need assist devices, such as crutches or a walking cane.
□ You have trouble reaching or lifting, raising your arms, bending your hip or legs, or picking up items.
□ You have trouble walking.
□ You can no longer do normal daily activities.

About the Presenters
Michael Sutton, D.O., received his degree in medicine from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, in 1978. He completed an internship and residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mount Clemens, Michigan. Dr. Sutton is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon with over thirty years of experience.

During undergraduate studies, Dr. Sutton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.

Dr. Sutton enjoys his career in orthopedic surgery and his day-to-day interactions with patients. He has a special interest in sports medicine and athletics.

Highly skilled and compassionate, Dr. Sutton aims to build close relationships with his patients.

Dr. Sutton has been caring for patients in Dillon since 2008. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Association.

McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon is located at 705 N. 8th Avenue, Suite 1B in the McLeod Dillon Professional Building, Dillon, SC. For more information or to make an appointment, call (843) 487-1588.

Philip Verjans, MPT, is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at McLeod Dillon.

Rehabilitative Services includes Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Through rehabilitative services, patients recovering from an injury or surgery can get back to the things they enjoy in life – families, hobbies, and work.

Verjans, a native of Belgium, is an experienced physical therapist with over twenty years of experience. He has served in various management capacities since 1993.

Verjans has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive experience in spinal and extremity joint mobilization techniques, as well as shoulder and knee rehabilitation.

Vejans is a course instructor with SC Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), NC AHEC and the American Physical Therapy Association South Carolina Chapter (APTA). He is also a Board Member for the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic.