Free UTHCT SecureCare seminar to feature new device that treats osteoarthritis without surgery

Thursday, May 19, 2005

A new non-invasive medical device to treat patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip will be one of the topics at a free SecureCare seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24.

The seminar will take place at the Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler operates the center, which is part of UTHSCT’s Center for Healthy Aging.

SecureCare is UTHSCT’s comprehensive program designed specifically for people age 50 plus to provide the answers and care needed in today’s health care marketplace.

James McKinley, MD, a UTHSCT sports medicine specialist, will present “BioniCare: Treating Osteoarthritis Without Surgery.” He will describe the BIO-1000™ System, which consists of a soft Velcro wrap and a battery-operated device. It delivers mild electrical stimulation to the arthritic knee or hip. The BIO-1000™ is designed as an additional therapy to reduce pain and other symptoms of osteoarthritis. It is made by BioniCare Medical Technologies, Inc., in Sparks, Md. UTHSCT and Azalea Orthopedic and Sports Medicine are the only two East Texas sites participating in clinical studies of the device. Dr. McKinley is UTHSCT’s principal investigator in the studies; William E. Schreiber, MD, is principal investigator in the studies at Azalea Orthopedic.

In addition, Larry Riggins, a certified physician assistant at UTHSCT, will present “The Longest Night: Coping with Sleep Apnea.” Sleep apnea keeps millions of Americans from getting needed rest, because their breathing stops or becomes very shallow for 10 to 20 seconds at a time. Riggins will talk about sleep apnea’s symptoms, causes, and treatments.

SecureCare is a free program that provides educational seminars and assistance with Medicare options. SecureCare seminars are free, but seating is limited, and reservations are required. Brunch will be provided.

For information or to make a reservation for the seminar, call (903) 877-5122.

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