Talk with a Doc – “Osteo: What is it? Do I have it? What can I do?”

June 25, 2018

Kate Queen, MD, Rheumatologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center will be presenting the Talk with a Doc seminar “Osteo: What is it? Do I have it? What can I do?” on Thursday July 19 at 6pm at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Queen will speak about osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, osteopenia and include topics of improving balance, nutrition for bone and muscle health, safe movement and more. Patrons can enjoy a meal during, and afterward will be given the opportunity to ask questions. To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, please call 800.424.DOCS (3627). RSVP required to attend.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Osteoporosis is more common in women. It affects about 25% (1 in 4) of women aged 65 and over and about 5% (1 in 20) of men aged 65 and over. People with Osteoporosis are more likely to break bones, and many do not realize they have osteoporosis until they have broken a bone. As you age, recovering from broken bones can be harder and have lasting effects including pain.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine.

“The good news is that Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis are manageable. There are numerous programs at Haywood Regional and Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center than can assist you through a journey to improving your bone and joint health. We offer education, nutrition counseling, rehabilitation programs, and fitness classes designed for people with joint pain and bone health challenges. The sooner we can get you started on a tailored program of management, suited to your needs and preferences – the better off you will be,” says Queen.

Dr. Kate Queen is board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine with Mountain Medical Associates. She received her medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC and completed her residency at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.  She completed her fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She maintains certification in clinical densitometry though the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). She received the Distinguished Medical Alumna Award from UNC- Chapel Hill School of Medicine, April 2016; and has been recognized by her peers for Best Doctors in America Designation 2001-2017. 

As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Mountain Medical Associates is supported by Duke University Health System’s world-renowned leadership in clinical excellence and quality care and LifePoint Health’s extensive resources, knowledge and experience in operating community hospitals. To make an appointment with a Haywood Regional physician please call our physician referral line at 800.424.DOCS (3627) or visit

Watch for additional "Talk with a Doc" seminars this year on topics including spine issues, joint replacement, senior health and elder care, breast cancer and lung cancer.  Seminars occur on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm and the seminar starts shortly after. Our programs feature a variety of healthcare providers speaking on health topics of interest to you!