‘A Fresh Outlook on Osteoarthritis and Physical Capabilities,’ Aug. 1

The keys to longevity and improved function while living with osteoarthritis will be revealed by physical therapist and exercise specialist Randy Raugh, M-PT, C-Ped, in this free presentation, open to the public.

The keys to longevity and improved function while living with osteoarthritis will be revealed in “A Fresh Outlook on Osteoarthritis and Physical Capabilities,” a free presentation, open to the public, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot #2030 just south of the parking garage at E. Mabel St. and Martin Ave.) Light refreshments are provided.

With humor and exceptional knowledge, Randy Raugh, M-PT, C-Ped, will educate participants on the risk factors that physical stresses on joint cartilage can generate while offering alternatives on how to chart new pathways to increased comfort and mobility. Osteoarthritis will be discussed not as a distinct disease but as an adaptation to abnormal physical stresses. 

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, 520-626-5040, or email LivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu Notification of cancellations also is requested.

About Randy Raugh, M-PT, C-Ped 

A physical therapist for more than 16 years, Randy’s experience includes orthopedics, cardiopulmonary and neurological rehabilitation in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings as well as nursing home care.  

He has been promoting health for more than 33 years. For 27 years he was the fitness director/physical therapist for the Life Enhancement Program, an educational program for individuals interested in making healthy lifestyle changes, at Canyon Ranch Health Resort. He also was a lecturer, providing continuing medical education units for visiting physicians and nurses as well as lay people. Prior to Canyon Ranch, he taught fitness at other premier health resorts, including Rancho La Puerta in Mexico and The Golden Door in California.  

For the past 13 years, he has been a presenter at occupational medicine conferences, hospitals, cruise ships and CEO groups on topics such as knee and joint health. He has 33 years of experience leading group and individual exercise for individuals ranging from professional athletes to the terminally ill.  

Currently, Randy is a physical therapist with the Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic and the Emergency Department, treating a wide variety of patients for orthopedic issues. His areas of particular interest include lower extremity, spine and shoulder pain and pathology.  

Randy is a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. His training includes a master’s degree in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University (NAU).  He trained to prescribe and manufacture foot orthoses at NAU and Northwestern University.  He will receive his clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in August.    

Randy has been featured in Arthritis Today, U.S. News and World Report, GQ Magazine and others.  Media appearances have included ESPN, the Discovery Channel, Tucson news channels and nationwide radio stations. He is author of the book, Prime for Life: Functional Fitness for Ageless Living (Rodale, June 2009). 

About the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” lecture series

The lecture is part of the 2012 series of “Living Healthy with Arthritis” monthly talks presented by The University of Arizona Arthritis Center (www.arthritis.arizona.edu) at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

 

Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Upcoming lectures include:

 

  • Sept. 5, “Disease and the Emotional Response,” Alexcis Reynolds, MS, CH, therapist, The Transformative Touch 

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The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease.