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Friday, April 06, 2012 - Understanding Physical Therapy for Back Pain


Understanding Physical Therapy for Back Pain
Physical therapist will offer exercises and techniques that can help

Back pain affects 80 to 90 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Research also shows that 50 percent of working adults experience back pain every year.
 
The Munson Community Health Library is offering a three-part series of programs to educate the community on non-invasive approaches to back pain, including physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy. 

Munson Medical Center physical therapist Johanna Schmidt, D.P.T., will present the first program, “Physical Therapy for the Back,” from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 and will focus on the most common causes of back pain, including spinal stenosis, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and muscle strains, and demonstrate specific exercises to treat each condition. The presentation will be in Meeting Rooms A & B at Munson Community Health Center.
 
“Low back pain is a major health problem causing significant medical expense as well as absenteeism and chronic disability,” Schmidt said. “Exercise therapy is a widely used treatment for acute and chronic back pain, and has been shown to help patients recover faster, prevent re-injury, and reduce the risk of disability.”

There will be a question-and-answer session following the program. While the series is free and open to the public, registration is required. For more information and to register, call (231) 935-9265.

Munson Community Health Center is located at 550 Munson Ave. in Traverse City.