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Nov. 10, 2006

Community Seminar To Focus On Spine and Back Pain

Experts from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will present a free community seminar on spine and back pain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Neurosurgeon Patrick Hitchon, M.D., and orthopaedics and rehabilitation specialists Joseph Chen, M.D., and Ernest Found, M.D., will discuss the latest advances in spine and back care.

Four out of five adults experience spine or back pain at least once during their lifetime. Back pain or injury can happen to anyone. It can be caused by stress on the muscles and ligaments that support the back. The pain can be just a mild discomfort in the lower back to severe pain that keeps a person from doing anything.

This in-depth presentation will focus on some of the treatment options available, including a discussion of:

-- A non-surgical specialist's perspective on spine pain

-- Disc surgery: Types, pros and cons

-- Vertebroplasty, an image-guided, minimally invasive, non-surgical therapy used to treat post-traumatic spinal pain

Advance registration for this free community seminar is encouraged. To register, call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll free 800-777-8442.

This seminar is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented as a public service by UI Hospitals and Clinics.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,