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    The Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center provides care, education and treatment to increase long-term health and independence.

    The center is headed by medical director Ernesto Zatarain, M.D., who is board certified in rheumatology. The team also includes a physical therapist, occupational therapist and dietitian specializing in the complex needs of people with arthritis.

    Bone Densitometry

    A test to determine if you have osteoporosis, a condition that results in loss of bone mass. Research indicates that measuring bone mass in different body regions can be helpful in predicting likelihood of future bone fractures. Your doctor can use this information to determine if you have osteoporosis and then to help you with treatment.

    * Doctor referral may be required.

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    Therapy Services

    Our physical and occupational therapists provide treatment and care for arthritis or other rheumatologic conditions. Our goal is to teach self-management techniques to help improve your own long-term health and comfort. Physician referral required.

    These services include:

    • Pain management
    • Hand therapy
    • Foot care
    • Joint protection
    • Aerobic conditioning
    • Pool therapy
    • Balance training
    • Fall prevention
    • Equipment and assistive device recommendation
    • Home environment assessment
    • Posture training
    • Driver readiness assessment
    Learn more about our therapy and rehabilitation services or call (650) 696-4317.

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    Aquatic Exercise Program

    The buoyancy and warmth of the heated pool make movement easier and more comfortable for people with arthritis. Exercise classes are offered throughout the day, with open times to work on your own exercise program. The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is offered twice a week and is lead by a teacher trained and certified by the Arthritis Foundation.

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    Osteoporosis Class

    Learn basic self-management skills including dietary needs, exercise recommendations, fall prevention and home safety. Call (650) 696-4750 to register.

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    Support Groups - FREE

    People with arthritis know how disease impacts every aspect of their lives – self-image, relationships, work and social life. These monthly groups offer an opportunity to learn and share in a supportive environment.

    First Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m. to noon
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    Knee Arthritis Physical Therapy Group

    Physician referral required and patient must go through physical therapy scheduling.

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    Arthritis Self-Management Program

    This six-week program offers a small, informal group setting in which participants can share their experiences, learn helpful tips and self-management skills for living well with arthritis.

    Six sessions:
    Tuesdays, May 17 to June 21
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Fourth floor classroom, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center - San Mateo Campus

    Call 650-696-4750 to register.

    Benefits of this program include:

    • Pain reduced by 20 percent
    • Doctor visits decreased by up to 40 percent
    • Learn the latest in pain management techniques
    • Learn to cope better with feelings of anger, fear, frustration and depression
    • Learn how to be an active partner in your health care team
    • Hear about arthritis-relieving nutrition tips
    • Manage fatigue and stress with more effectiveness
    For more information, call (650) 696-4750.
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