Understanding osteoarthritis and how to manage the condition
Members and guests gained a better understanding about osteoarthritis during our meeting on April 9. Pamela Lofgren, DPT, discussed the condition, its most common causes, and some of the methods used to slow or remediate the condition.
Also known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage wears away resulting in a bone-on-bone arrangement. Lofgren, show here demonstrating the effect on hip joints, says the condition leads to chronic pain, and affects one's overall health.
Annually, approximately 27 million Americans suffer from some level of osteoarthritis; it affects 50% of people 85 and older, she says. Over age 50, women are more likely than men to experience symptoms. Knees, hips and the lower back are most susceptible to the condition.
Lofgren, who is clinical director at ATI Physical Therapy in New Berlin, cited several contributing factors, including:
1. Age: as we age, there's a greater possibility of degeneration in joints.
2. Genetics. Those whose parents experienced the condition are more susceptible.
3. Previous injuries, especially to joints.
4. Knees and hips are more susceptible from carrying the body's weight.
5. Specific jobs or tasks. For example, if you're constantly kneeling, you're likely to suffer knee issues later.
6. Heavy sports activity takes its toll on hips and knees, as do running, jumping, and landing on hard surfaces.
Diagnosis is often done by X-ray, Lofgren says. An MRI will be ordered if it is believed that soft tissue has been damaged.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, so it's best to minimize the possibility of the condition developing. Lofgren offers these tips.
1. Maintain good weight; lose weight if need be.
2. Exercise regularly. Even walking is helpful.
3. Maintain good posture. Poor posture puts strain on lower back. Make sure you lift heavy objects properly.
4. Develop a strengthening regimen. Stronger muscles do more of the work, taking stress off the joints.
5. Do yoga and engage in stretching exercises
6. Aerobic exercises and swimming are very helpful.
Lofgren cautions that you should consult with a doctor before staring any exercise program.
Severe symptoms may require physical therapy, chiropractic care or even surgery. she says.
From left: Roger Dixon, Club president Art Angove, David Cotey
School referendum important for New Berlin schools
New Berlin schools enjoy a strong tradition of providing quality education. They regularly meet or exceed state standards, and are recognized by respectable national publications. New Berlin students consistently win awards for athletic and academic achievements. The district even boasts three award winners among its staff.
At the same time, the school district faces a growing fiscal crisis. On April 2, voters will have a chance to weigh in on a referendum that would put the district in a much better financial situation, thus staving off drastic changes.
That was the word from David Cotey, district coordinator of communications. He and Roger Dixon, CFO/COO, discussed this matter and the referendum during our Feb. 26 meeting.

According to Cotey, several factors have contributed to the current fiscal crisis. The district borrowed heavily to build Ronald Reagan Elementary and to make some improvements at West Middle/High School.
Additional resources were invested in Eisenhower Middle/High School for a variety of necessary improvements. In addition, state aid has declined along with enrollment, though Cotey says they expect to see an uptick in enrollment in the near future.
Salary reductions and cuts in health care costs have helped, Cotey says, "but these steps are not sustainable."
The referendum as for operating revenue of $5 million per year for each of the next five years. There money would be put toward a variety of needs, including:
- Pay down the $16.5 million in debt that has accumulated in recent years.
- Pay competitive wages. "We want the highest quality of staff in front of our students," Cotey says.
- Be proactive on maintenance, such as on roofs, pavements, and such.
School consolidations are among the decisions facing the district if the referendum does not pass. According to Cotey, West would become the city's only high school. Eisenhower would be converted to a middle school. Orchard Lane Elementary would close, and its students would transfer to Elmwood, Poplar Creek or Ronald Reagan depending on where they live.
For more information, the school district offers a web page on the topic. Residents are also welcome to visit the school district's booth at the Discover New Berlin Community Fair this Saturday at New Berlin West. District staff will hold an informational session at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Citizens are also welcome to call the school district at 789-6200.
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Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin Rotary Club

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
New Berlin Public Library
15105 W. Library Lane
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States of America
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