To help people with low back pain learn more about their options, Mercy will present a free seminar and Q & A session called “The Essentials of Low Back Pain.” During the program, neurological surgeon Dr. Gale Hazen, MD, will discuss causes of back pain, common myths about back pain and the latest treatment options. The program will be held Monday, Oct. 21, at Mercy Health & Recreation Center in Amherst from6:00–7:30 p.m.
Low back pain is a common health problem with enormous personal and societal consequences. Almost everyone will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in life. It’s a leading cause of missed work and school days and the number-one cause of work-related disability in younger people. Americans spend about $50 billion per year on low back pain treatments.
Most cases of low back pain resolve without treatment. However, for patients with chronic or long-term pain, the condition can have a serious impact on overall health and quality of life. Treatment is difficult because the condition is complex and the mechanisms behind chronic pain are not well studied.
Fortunately, there is a growing body of scientific evidence to guide the treatment of low back pain. What’s more, advances in technology are making treatments safer and more effective than ever.
Dr. Hazen is a board-certified neurological surgeon practicing at NeuroSpinecare Inc. in Sheffield Village.
The program is free and open to the public, and food and refreshments will be provided. Because seating is limited, Mercy requests that attendees register by calling 1-877-247-6161.