Free lunch and learn seminar on arthritis set for May 15

More than 50 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds are affected by arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) aims to help the community understand more about arthritis with a free Lunch and Learn Seminar on May 15. The Lunch and Learn Seminar is a free program presented by Dr. Mark Seibel, an orthopedic surgeon at RPMH. Using his expansive knowledge and medical expertise, Dr. Seibel will explain the basics of arthritis and its impact on people with the disorder. “With arthritis being the second most frequently reported chronic condition in our nation, knowing more about the disease can help individuals better manage symptoms and worsening of the disease,” said Dr. Seibel. “With increased education and outreach through programs such as this, it is our hope that our community can be better equipped to know about the symptoms and how to manage them.” Arthritis is a joint disorder that destroys joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues. While there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis, the most common include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Those with the arthritis typically experience swelling and stiffness of the joints, as well as varying levels of pain around muscles and joints. In more advanced cases, walking or use of the hands may become a challenge. The effects of arthritis can extend past joint and muscle pains, making it difficult for an individual to remain active. As a result, individuals may begin to experience muscle weakness and have increased risk of obesity and heart disease. Diagnosis for arthritis is typically made by an examination by a physician. Depending on the type of arthritis, advanced tests and screenings may be required. “While there is no cure for many types of arthritis, treatment options include health and lifestyle changes, medication, and physical therapy,” Dr. Seibel explained. “In certain cases, joint replacement surgery may be required to treat severe breakdown of joints. Medication may also be administered to help with inflammation and pain.” The RPMH Lunch and Learn Seminar on arthritis will take place on May 15, at the RPMH Emergency Department classroom from noon until 1 p.m. The event is free to attend, but space is limited and expected to reach capacity. Interested individuals must register before May 14 by calling 325-235-1701 ext. 221. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit