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Features Health & Wellness MedWest-Harris to host free orthopedic screenings

MedWest Rehabilitation Services at MedWest-Harris is offering a series of free orthopedic screenings in November. Scheduled screenings include:

• Knee and shoulder screening with physical therapist Grant Shanks from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Rehabilitation Department, located in the main building at MedWest-Harris in Sylva.

• Hand screening with Dr. Paul Cutting, an orthopedic doctor at Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in the MedWest-Harris Rehabilitation Department. The screening will include common hand, wrist and elbow problems, including arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Cutting will be assisted by MedWest occupational therapists.

• Knee Screening with Dr. Judson Garbarino, a physician at Carolina West Sports Medicine who specializes in primary care sports medicine and medical acupuncture, from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at MedWest-Franklin, 55 Holly Springs Dr. Dr. Garbarino will be assisted by physical therapist Jay Williams.

Through the screenings, physicians and rehabilitation professionals are able to recommend next-step treatment options. Call (828)586-7235 for more about the screenings at Med- West-Harris and (828) 349-3550 for more about the screening at MedWest-Franklin.

MedWest Health System provides healthcare for the people of western North Carolina at MedWest-Harris, Med- West-Haywood and MedWest-Swain hospitals, the outpatient facility MedWest-Franklin, and through the nearly 100-member MedWest Physician Network. MedWest is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System. Learn more about MedWest at

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