MAHWAH, N.J., Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stryker Orthopaedics, the Official Joint Replacement Products of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, is rounding out its debut year of the relationship at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, AZ. This marks the eleventh tournament stop along both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour that the brand has activated on-site with the "Stryker Mobility Zone" – a destination designed to educate golf fans on the importance of joint health.
The Stryker Mobility Zone features a fan putting challenge, joint health assessments, and education about Stryker products. Golf fans are encouraged to stop in to have questions about their hips and knees answered by local orthopaedic physicians who will be on-site all week.
At the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the Stryker Mobility Zone will be located in the Expo Tents, along the driving range.
"We're one year into our sponsorship with the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour and couldn't be more pleased with the results to date. We've been afforded the opportunity to reach golf fans around the country in a unique, but appropriate setting, while educating them on the importance of mobility and keeping joints healthy," said Bill Huffnagle, President, Reconstructive, Stryker. "We look forward to continuing our relationship and success throughout 2015."
In addition to hosting fans at the Stryker Mobility Zone, the company's brand ambassador, Fred Funk, will compete for his chance to take home the tournament title. Funk has finished in the top ten in the last three consecutive tournaments and is currently ranked 19th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
Funk, a Stryker brand ambassador since 2011, is one of the most recognizable names and personalities in professional golf. During his career, which spans more than 20 years, Funk has won eight titles on the PGA TOUR, including THE PLAYERS Championship in 2005, and six titles on the Champions Tour, including the 2009 U.S. Senior Open. Funk underwent total knee replacement in November 2009 and received Stryker's GetAroundKnee. He won the Regions Tradition the following season, becoming the first player ever to win a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event after total knee replacement surgery.
Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. For more information about Stryker, please visit www.stryker.com.
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The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
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General Indications: Total knee replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis, and for moderate deformity of the knee.
Contraindications: Knee replacement surgery is not appropriate for patients with certain types of infections, any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of prosthesis instability, prosthesis fixation failure or complications in postoperative care, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, severe instability of the knee, or excessive body weight.
Common Side Effects of Knee Replacement Surgery: As with any surgery, knee replacement surgery has serious risks which include, but are not limited to, peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage), circulatory compromise (including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)), genitourinary disorders (including kidney failure), gastrointestinal disorders (including paralytic ileus (loss of intestinal digestive movement)), vascular disorders (including thrombus (blood clots), blood loss, or changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm), bronchopulmonary disorders (including emboli, stroke or pneumonia), heart attack, and death.
Implant related risks which may lead to a revision include dislocation, loosening, fracture, nerve damage, heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone growth in tissue), wear of the implant, metal sensitivity, soft tissue imbalance, osteolysis (localized progressive bone loss), and reaction to particle debris. Knee implants may not provide the same feel or performance characteristics experienced with a normal healthy joint.
General Indications: Total hip replacement is indicated for joint disease resulting from degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis; avascular necrosis and correction of functional deformity.
Contraindications: It is not indicated for those with infection, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, mental or neuromuscular disease or excessive body weight.
Common Side Effects of Hip Replacement Surgery: Like any surgery hip replacement surgery has risks which include but are not limited to: bone fracture, bone loss change in the length of the treated leg, pain, hip stiffness, excessive bleeding, hip joint fusion, nerve damage, infection, blood clots, amputation, heart attack, pneumonia, decrease of bone mass. Implant related risks which may lead to a revision of the hip implant include wear of the implant, reaction to particle debris, dislocation, fracture, loosening, audible sounds during motion and metal sensitivity.
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will receive the same postoperative activity level. The lifetime of a joint replacement is not infinite and varies with each individual. Your doctor will help counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.