November 3 event provides families with a better understanding of spinal conditions
RALEIGH, N.C. (October 31, 2012) – WakeMed Rehabilitation and Raleigh Orthopaedics continue to educate the community on spinal conditions that affect kids and teens. November 3 marks the fifth annual Spine Camp, which will be held in the Health Park on WakeMed’s Raleigh Campus from 9 a.m. to noon. WakeMed invites children, teens and parents to the half-day camp to take a free spinal screening, talk to medical professionals and meet other young locals with spinal conditions.
The camp will help participants learn about back health and how their back works as well as demystify the surgical process of spinal fusion and other spinal surgeries. Additional topics highlighted during the special event include nutrition tips, exercises to help manage spinal conditions and the latest in treatment options.
The first Spine Camp was established in 2007 by WakeMed Rehabilitation and Keith Mankin, MD, a pediatric orthopedist at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, in response to the need to bring local families affected by spinal issues together. The creation of Back Talk, a support group for kids with scoliosis to meet regularly and talk about spinal conditions in a positive and confidential setting followed in 2008.
“One in 50 children develops scoliosis, but many kids don’t have access to an open line of communication with others who are going through the same experiences,” explained Dr. Mankin. “Spine Camp and Back Talk encourage kids and families to take a proactive approach to learning about and understanding spinal conditions.”
Visit www.wakemed.org or www.raleighortho.com for more information.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals 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. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.
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 University, 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