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Thriving: Bone and Joint Health as You Age

Bad back, aching ankles, creaky knees, or hurting hips? Join UW Medicine’s experts for a series of four virtual lectures and learn about effective treatment options and tips for managing and improving your orthopedic health as you age. Attend one, or block out time for all four!


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Years of activities like hiking, training for races, and ski adventures can take a toll on bodies as they age. Though staying active is essential for your health, when it comes to mature athletes, it can also lead to pain or injury. Join orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert Christian Peterson, DO, and primary care sports medicine doctor Katherine Fahy, MD, to learn essential tips for avoiding and recovering from injuries.

Christian M. Peterson, DO, is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He belongs to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine, the Association of Professional Team Physicians, the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association and the Washington State Orthopedic Association.

Katherine Fahy, MD, CAQSM, is a family medicine physician who specializes in sports medicine. Her medical interests include preventive care, women’s health, diagnostic and procedural musculoskeletal ultrasound, sports injuries, ski medicine, injuries in the equestrian athlete, running medicine and bone health.

Monday, November 14, 2022

As you get older, lower back pain and sciatica don’t always go away on their own. Hear from advanced practice provider Julianne Krause, PA-C, orthopedic spine surgeon Viral Patel, MD, and physiatrist Neelwant Sandhu, MD, and learn about surgical and non-surgical treatment options, how to know when it’s time to see a specialist, and what to expect.

Julianne Krause, PA-C, is an advanced practice provider specializing in orthopedic spine surgery. Julianne’s clinical interests include vertebral fractures, arthritis, disc and ligament pathology.

Viral Patel, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon and acting instructor of the UW Medicine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department. He is an expert in adult and pediatric spine deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Neelwant Sandhu, MD, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, also called a physiatrist. His clinical and research interests include non-operative spine and musculoskeletal medicine and spinal interventional procedures.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

When achy hips and knees don’t get better on their own, you may wonder which solutions can help. Learn about the latest treatment options — from exercises and injections to surgical advancements — with physiatrist Eric Chen, MD, MS, and orthopedic surgeon Nicholas Hernandez, MD.

Eric Chen, MD, MS, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, also called a physiatrist, who specializes in sports medicine. His clinical interests include the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal and sports-related injury including tendinitis, muscle strain, ligament sprain, arthritis, joint pain and spine pain.

Nicholas Hernandez, MD, is a board certified orthopedic hip and knee surgeon. He sees adult patients with joint pain and mobility issues caused by arthritis, trauma and fractures. He specializes in reconstruction of the hip and knee, including total joint replacement.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Bone loss happens with aging in both men and women. Learn about how diet, exercise, supplements, and other habits can affect your bones. Hear from physician and metabolic bone researcher Susan Ott, MD, who will also discuss bone density screening and when medicines might be needed to lower the risk of bone fractures.

Susan Ott, MD, is a board certified physician at UW Medical Center and a UW professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition and an adjunct professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Radiology. She specializes in research and clinical treatments for metabolic bone disease, such as osteoporosis.