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Find Relief From Arthritis

RIC at Silver Cross will host an educational lecture on Nov.22

Joliet, IL (Nov. 5, 2010)— Osteoarthritis is joint pain and is commonly known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis. It is often caused by joint instability.

“Every case of arthritis can have different symptoms, different outcomes, and need specific treatments to help relieve pain. It is important for people to visit a physician to create a plan to treat arthritis,” says Dr. Mark Tracy, medical director for RIC at Silver Cross Hospital.

If you are suffering with excessive pain from arthritis, or would like to learn how you can improve arthritic pain, join Dr. Mark Tracy, medical director for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital. Learn more about treatment options, physical therapy, and lifestyle approaches to manage living with arthritis. This free program titled “Abolishing Arthritis” will occur on Monday, Nov. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center at 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. To register, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit

Are you at risk?
There are many risk factors for contracting arthritis. Common factors include age and weight. Arthritis affects people of all ages, but is more common in older adults. As the body ages, the cartilage in the bones becomes more brittle and it is more difficult for the body to repair itself. Likewise, carrying excess body weight can strain the joints (especially the hips and knees), making it difficult for the body to support itself.

Other factors include history of a previous injury or exposure to high risk physical activity.

Common Symptoms
The disease develops gradually -- starting as soreness or stiffness that seems more of a nuisance than a medical concern. The pain may not initially interfere with your day-to-day existence. In time, however, it may interfere with your everyday functioning and quality of life. The most commonly affected body parts are knees, hips, fingers, neck, and lower back.

Symptoms to look for are joint soreness after periods of inactivity, stiffness that goes away when active or stiffness in the morning. If you have difficulty walking due to pain or stiffness this is also a common sign of arthritis.

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have teamed up to expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The partnership provides world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC. Together, Silver Cross and RIC provide rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings at three locations. Additionally, the RIC team provides physical therapy services for patients on the hospital’s medical and surgical floors. For more information about RIC at Silver Cross, call (815) 740-7110 or visit



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