Oakwood offers back and neck pain seminar

If you’re suffering from back or neck pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of Americans experience some form of back or neck pain within their lifetime, and the cause can be difficult to determine.

Oakwood Healthcare is offering Back Pain 101, a free seminar to help people suffering from chronic, nagging, or intermittent back or neck pain. The seminar is focused on finding the cause of the pain and determining the proper course of action to alleviate it. It is similar to Oakwood’s popular Joint 101 classes that concentrate on knee, shoulder and hip problems.

“We’re trying to give people the opportunity to learn the basics of the spine and get some face-to-face time with doctors and therapists so they can get answers to questions that are important to them,” said Michael Prudhomme, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with 15 years’ experience.

“Back and neck pain can be the result of an acute injury, however the majority of symptoms arise over time from age related degenerative changes. These conditions are greatly affected by improper movement patterns, smoking, poor posture and deconditioning,” Prudomme said. “These problems are relatively common and can be easy to correct. Most of our daily activities are forward-focused; we’re on computers, writing, reading and eating. Over time, when these activities are coupled with the affects of gravity, our spinal structures are placed into poor bio-mechanical positions. We can have a significant reduction of symptoms, just by teaching people ways to stretch and hold a more preferred posture.”

The seminar is designed to provide information to attendees, not to steer them toward any one particular form of therapy, treatment or medication. Parmod Mukhi, MD, a PM&R physician and assistant clinical professor with Wayne State University School of Medicine, said that options such as surgery are typically a last resort.

“If we can get patients better without surgery—that’s the priority,” said Mukhi, who is affiliated with Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor. “It could just be a lifestyle change, or tweaking the way we do things every day.”

The next class takes place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton. It will feature a panel of physical therapists, family medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) doctors and spine surgeons who will provide a breakdown of basic spine anatomy as well as common ailments and treatments.

The Back Pain 101 Class is free and open to anyone. For more information or to register, call 800.543.WELL.