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‘Back in Control – A Spine Surgeon’s Inside Look at Healing Back Pain’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Nov. 2

Oct 27, 2016

‘Back in Control – A Spine Surgeon’s Inside Look at Healing Back Pain’ will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers.

At any given time, 31 million Americans experience back pain and experts estimate that nearly 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.

Back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the United States and can be caused and influenced by a number of musculoskeletal issues. In his lecture, Kenneth A. Hood, DO, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson, will highlight his patient-centered approach to treatment on the pathway to healing back pain.

Back pain can be a complicated, personal experience. The back is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Back pain can be uniquely complex due to a myriad of causes and contributing factors with a wide range of treatments. Sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured discs and irritated joints all can lead to back pain. While injury often causes back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results.

Dr. Hood will focus on the latest surgical and non-surgical options for common and complex types of back issues and will share the latest research into novel treatments and procedures for back pain and injury. He will discuss a wide range of treatments from the non-invasive to the most complex surgical options. He will share his approach to preventive measures and the importance of understanding the anatomical and physiological contributors to back pain.

He also will detail the latest diagnostic techniques while outlining the form and function of the spine and its many interconnected structures. While sharing his specialized approach, Dr. Hood will discuss the benefits and risks of the latest treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. He also will detail pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to the management of back pain.

Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040 or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance; please bring your parking ticket to the lecture to be validated for free parking.

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please call 520-626-5040 or email: livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu.

About Kenneth A. Hood, DO

Dr. Hood currently is researching vertebral augmentation and radiation therapy.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester, New York, and completed his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in California, followed by a fellowhip in spine surgery at the University of California – San Diego.

Dr. Hood is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, AOSpine of North America, North American Spine Society, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Osteopathic Association and International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed articles and has published two book chapters.

Living Healthy with Arthritis series

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the UA Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

The Center’s next event is the 2017 Living Healthy with Arthritis Annual Conference, which will be held Saturday, January, 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium. For more information, visit www.arthritis.arizona.edu

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit www.arthritis.arizona.edu

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://uahs.arizona.edu

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