FOR RELEASE: 7/2/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Free talk about joint pain treatments July 23 in Trumbull; Bridgeport resident says she can 'dance all night' following care at Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital orthopedic surgeon Matthew Gordon, MD and rheumatologist John Nascimento, MD, will discuss the latest medical and surgical treatments for joint pain during the free lecture, “Free Yourself from Joint Pain,” Monday, July 23, 7:00 p.m., at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and complimentary valet parking is available. Registration is required. Call toll free, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396.

As 67-year-old Bridgeport resident Linda Knapp can attest, the exact cause of joint pain can be difficult to pinpoint. Linda thought an old ski injury to her knee was responsible for the “tremendous pain” in her left leg earlier this year. “The pain went from my knee to my ankle—it seemed like my whole leg was inflamed,” she says.

But a visit to Dr. Gordon revealed that it wasn’t Linda’s knee that was causing her pain but arthritis in her left hip. The condition occurs when cartilage—the flexible connective tissue between bones in a joint—wears away.

“Bone was rubbing on bone,” says Linda, who has lived an active life that includes a love of dancing. “I couldn’t walk without a cane.”

Given Linda’s desire to remain active, Dr. Gordon recommended to Linda that total hip replacement surgery would be the best way to alleviate her pain. The surgery was done on March 27. Within two weeks, Linda was walking without her cane and her recovery has progressed from there.

“It’s unbelievable,” Linda says. “I can dance all night without pain—just weeks after my surgery. I’ve enjoyed living a full life and now I have it back.”

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.