Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic and WakeMed Team Up for the Second Annual Spine Camp
Raleigh, N.C. (October 8, 2009) – On Saturday, October 17, 2009, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic and WakeMed Health & Hospitals are co-hosting the second annual Spine Camp in the Health Park on WakeMed Raleigh Campus.
Children, teens and their families are invited to participate in the one-day camp to learn about the mechanical function of the back and how the back works, nutrition tips and information related to the growing spine, exercises to help manage spinal conditions, the latest treatment options, and the emotional aspects of spinal disorders.
With medical statistics showing that one in 50 children develop scoliosis, Keith Mankin, M.D., a pediatric orthopedist at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, worked with WakeMed therapists to develop the Spine Camp. The event brings young people, their families and their friends together to learn more about the physical and emotional aspects of spinal conditions. “The purpose of Spine Camp is to encourage young people and their families to take a proactive approach to learning and understanding spinal conditions,” explained Dr. Mankin. “We will give kids the opportunity to take advantage of a free spinal screening as well as talk to other kids and medical professionals about spinal conditions.
“The goal is to help develop a strong community network for spinal conditions and to provide children, families and friends a chance to come together yearly to support and learn from each other,” noted Dr. Mankin.
This year we expect 200 children, family members and friends of children who are in braces, who have undergone surgery or who are awaiting surgery. More information is available at www.raleighortho.com or www.wakemed.org
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.
About Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) is Wake County’s largest and oldest orthopaedic practice. The orthopaedic surgeons of ROC are fellowship trained in their respective subspecialty areas, which include: foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine, hip, shoulder and elbow surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine, and pediatric orthopaedic care. Ancillary services include physical therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, radiology, shock wave therapy, and orthotics and pedorthics. The Athletic Performance Center, a division of ROC, provides sports physical therapy and sports performance enhancement services for healthy and injured athletes of all ages. The 20,000 square foot facility is dedicated to enhancing every stage of an athlete’s development. ROC is the Official Sports Medicine Provider of the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State basketball, the Carolina Ballet, and multiple high school sports programs in Wake County. ROC has offices in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, and Garner. Complete practice information is available at www.raleighortho.com.