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What is a Joint Pain Seminar?

Concerned about joint pain? Being prepared is the first step toward a successful outcome. St. Mary's Medical Center's in-depth Joint Pain Seminar provides information to help you make the best decision for your long term health. The educational seminar review joint anatomy and causes of joint pain. It is specifically designed for those who have not seen a physician and may be looking for initial information on options.

Seminar topics include:

  • Options maintain or improve strength and fitness.
  • Options for treatment.
  • Common causes of joint pain.

Fee: Free


  • March 12, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • April 16, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • May 7, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Connie Estridge is a dedicated 47-year medical professional and recipient of the prestigious Nightingale Award, presented to select nursing practitioners for advancing leadership, dedication, and compassionate care. Connie has seen many lives restored. Her Joint Pain Class will help empower your own journey from your very first question to your personal solution.


2635 N 7th St, Grand Junction CO 81501
Saccomanno Education Center 5th Floor Room 1


Park in the main garages take the walkway to the main lobby and then the Monument Elevators to the 5th floor.



Question: What is Osteoarthritis?

Answer: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the United States. Arthritis is inflammation (swelling, tenderness, redness, soreness) of a joint. Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, affects weight bearing joints. The joints most often affected are the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is commonly caused by the loss or wearing down of the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage acts as a cushion between the ends of bones such as the pelvis and femur, or “ball and socket” joint of the hip, and the femur and tibia of the knee. When the cartilage wears away, the bones rub together, causing inflammation, pain, and difficulty moving. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition which may get worse over time.


Question: What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

HIP: The hip joint, called a “ball and socket” joint, is formed by the pelvic bone and the femur. When the cartilage in the hip begins to wear down, the bones grind together making the surfaces rough and pitted. Osteoarthritis in the hip generally causes pain in the groin or knee and thigh area. You may have morning stiffness and limited movement in the hip joint.

KNEE: The cartilage in the knee works the same as in the hip. When the cartilage wears down, you may experience pain in and around the knee which worsens when you stand and improves with rest. You may have morning stiffness and limited movement. The knee may change shape and the leg may begin to look knock-kneed or bow-legged. In the beginning stages of osteoarthritis, the pain is generally mild but more noticeable with activity. It is usually relieved with rest. As the disease progresses, the pain occurs more frequently with less activity and may not be relieved by rest.


Question: Should I have a knee replacement?

Answer: Knee replacement surgery is a decision that should be made with your physician after careful evaluation of your history and symptoms. Reasons for having surgery may include relief of pain or to make moving easier. If you have moderate or severe pain with walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of chairs, or your knee locks, catches or pops, or you have swelling that does not improve with rest or medication, you may be a candidate for a knee replacement.