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Back when she suffered from chronic knee pain, local singer-songwriter Felicia could hardly limp off stage, let alone lug her gear out to her car.

Felicia’s lifelong knee pain left her unable to fully enjoy her favorite activities — from performing on stage to riding her bike.

“[It] takes the breath out of you,” is how she described it at the time, pausing to catch her breath while wincing in pain. She was diagnosed with advanced arthritis in her early 40s, meaning she had the knees of someone twice her age.

Felicia met with the expert caregivers at Sharp HealthCare, who identified her as a candidate for total knee replacement. Using advanced technology, the orthopedic team replaced her damaged knee with a prosthesis that bonds to the bone itself. This method reduces the risk of post-operative complications and failure.

Since her procedure, Felicia is now able to do the activities she loves. She can even carry her gear on and off stage at shows.

“I’m so much happier. I mean I do things and I’m like, ‘Wow!’ I’ll get excited. I’ll put a little jog in my step. It’s like being reborn with a brand-new knee.”

Although many Americans suffer from chronic knee pain like Felicia’s, there is hope for recovery thanks to new medical advances in joint replacement surgery.

If you or someone you love is suffering from knee pain, join Sharp HealthCare at one of three free seminars to learn about the latest treatment options for knee arthritis:

  • Monday, July 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., presented by Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center at St. Paul’s Plaza in Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Sharp Coronado Hospital
  • Wednesday, July 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

A team of orthopedic specialists including a surgeon, physical therapist and care manager will discuss non-surgical and surgical treatment options, and the role of physical therapy in recovery, followed by a Q&A session. Registration is free but space is limited. Register online at

Nationally recognized for excellence in total joint replacement, Sharp HealthCare takes a comprehensive approach to knee treatment, partnering with patients and their family members throughout their journey, from preparation to surgery to recovery. It’s all part of the extraordinary level of care called The Sharp Experience.

Don’t ignore your knee pain. To register for Sharp’s free seminar, visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP 

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