Medical Experts Offer Free Health Workshops

‘Always Better’ Series to Address Aging, Heartburn, Back Pain

September 19, 2006

The University of Rochester Medical Center in October will launch a series of free health workshops open to the public. Under the theme Always Better, workshop topics this fall include successful aging, heartburn, and neck and back pain, presented by experts from the Medical Center.

Successful Aging: Making the Most of Your Health and Wellness in Retirement” is a two-part series, offered October 3 and 10, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Highlands at Pittsford’s Hahnemann Club, 100 Hahnemann Trail, Pittsford. William J. Hall, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Center for Healthy Aging, will guide participants in developing the tools of successful aging, including maintaining and improving health and wellness during retirement, preventive health strategies, getting the most out of doctor visits, and sensible approaches to diet, physical activity, stress and sexuality. Each participant will develop a personal health plan.

“Heartburn: A Painful Epidemic that You Can Beat” will be presented October 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Ambulatory Center Conference Rooms A-B. Jeffrey Peters, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, will discuss heartburn symptoms, causes, complications and treatment options.

“You Don’t Have to Live with a Pain in the Neck (and Back): Options for Living a Full and Active Life” is a five-part series presented by neurosurgery and pain management experts from the Medical Center on Thursdays, October 12 through November 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Whipple Auditorium. Workshop sessions will cover:

  • Diagnosis and Imaging of Common Causes of Back Pain, Oct. 12, featuring Webster H. Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. Pilcher will demonstrate how a patient’s answers to the question, “Where does it hurt?” provide cues for a physician to help manage pain.
  • Non-Surgical Treatment Options, Oct. 19. John Markman, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, will discuss options for relieving back pain without surgery.
  • Surgical Treatment Options, Oct. 26, will cover what drives decisions regarding surgery and the current surgical treatments available, presented by Paul K. Maurer, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery.
  • Life After Surgery: What to Expect, Nov. 2. Practical, common-sense information about life after back surgery: what to expect, what is normal, and what to be concerned about, will be presented by neurosurgery nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
  • Preventive Medicine: How to Protect Your Spine, Nov. 9, will cover simple ways to avoid common back problems, presented by Jason Schwalb, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery.
These Always Better workshops are made possible through collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. All programs and parking for them are free of charge. To register, please call (585) 275-2344.

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