An educational opportunity to learn about joints and arthritis will help individuals in the community live their best lives.

The JRMC U: Bones, Joints & Arthritis is set for 11 a.m., Thursday, June 15. The event will help people understand their bodies, where arthritis comes from and how to keep the musculoskeletal system as healthy as possible, said Orthopedic Physician Assistant Patrick Walter.

Nationwide, about 25% of U.S. adults have an arthritis diagnosis. Arthritis can cause pain

Orthopedic Physician Assistant Patrick Walter

in the joints and limit daily activities like work, hobbies and spending time with family, Walter said. Pain can affect a person’s mental health and ability to work and exercise.

“Each day is a gift,” Walter said. “Whether it’s crafting, camping or carrying grandchildren, we want to make sure people can do what they love and live their best lives.”

JRMC Orthopedics specializes in diagnosing and treating bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. The specialty includes procedures such as total joint replacements of the hip, knee and shoulder, knee arthroscopy and fracture repair.

Walter is a member of the comprehensive team, which includes Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Michael T. Dean and Dr. Timothy Volk and Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Crystal Krapp. JRMC Orthopedics also includes Podiatrists/Foot & Ankle Surgeons Drs. Kayla Emter and Rachael Renschler.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) collaborates with Two Rivers Activity Center (TRAC) to offer monthly opportunities to learn about common health issues. The May JRMC U featured OB/GYN Dr. Emily Stromquist.

Walters said he hopes to answer questions regarding home and surgical options, recovery and what happens after surgery.

“I hope to help people understand what orthopedics is and how to manage their care at home,” Walter said. “If home remedies don’t work, we can help people understand when it is time to see the doctor. Information like this is important because life can be better. We can help find a solution that is right for each person and their family.”

One patient Walter remembered said she didn’t feel safe carrying her grandchildren. Another wants to spend retirement in an RV.

“We want patients like this to achieve their goals. Those goals can vary. For some people, they want to golf with their grandson. Others want to take their family on vacation or volunteer for the school,” he said.

Questions people ask are: “What’s normal?” and “When do I see a doctor?” They also ask about the risks and benefits of surgery, medication and physical therapy. Individuals can ask questions privately, and in advance at

JRMC U classes offered monthly

JRMC offers virtual and in-person learning opportunities throughout the year. Called JRMC U, these events help individuals make informed choices about their health.

Future JRMC U classes include:

All events are set for 11 a.m. at TRAC. Attendees do not need to be TRAC members to attend. The event is free, open to the public and JRMC will provide a light lunch.