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OMC Hosting a Free Education Dinner on Arthritis April 19

OMC Hosting a Free Education Dinner on Arthritis April 19

Ozarks Medical Center will offer a free community education dinner Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at OMC Parkway Center. Dr. John “Chip” Rowe, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Orthopedics will speak on ways to preserve joint function, mobility, and quality of life. The dinner is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793.

The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Almost 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans. By the year 2040, it is expected that doctor-diagnosed arthritis cases will rise to more than 78 million people.

Dr. Rowe joined OMC Orthopedics in 2017. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, California and completed his undergraduate degree from University of California in San Diego. Prior to coming to OMC, Dr. Rowe was an orthopedic surgeon at Paris Community Hospital in Paris, Illinois.

While he performs all aspects of orthopedic care, Dr. Rowe especially enjoys sports medicine using minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures and the treatment of arthritis of the hips, knees and shoulders. He has been performing hip replacement through the anterior approach since 2008. OMC Orthopedics is located at 1210 N. Kentucky Avenue in West Plains. For more information, call 417-256-1745.

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