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‘Always Better’ Series Tackles Lower Back Pain

Friday, February 02, 2007

A free workshop exploring the causes, treatment and prevention techniques of one of our country’s most common and costly medical conditions, lower back pain, will be held 4 - 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424.  David Speach, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will use his years of experience as a physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of back pain to present My Aching Back!: Causes, Prevention and Treatment.

Approximately 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain sometime in their life.  Researchers estimate it accounts for 10 percent of all chronic health conditions and 10 percent of all patient visits to a physician, with a price tag of between $40 and $50 billion a year, including medical costs, lost wages and compensation claims.

“While lower back pain is widespread, the good news is that most people will recover from an acute episode of low back pain quickly, with just some rest, anti-inflammatory therapy and ice application,” Speach said. 

During the workshop, Speech will discuss the anatomy of the lumbar spine, possible causes of low back pain, methods and limitations in diagnosing the cause of low back pain, risk factors that lead to chronic low back pain, and a review of evidence-based prevention and treatment techniques for low back pain.

Speach’s presentation is part of the Always Better workshops, made possible through collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. To register, please call (585) 275-2344.  Free parking is available in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry lot, off Elmwood, near intersection of Kendrick.

Over the past three years, the Rochester Continuing Studies and Always Better programs have offered a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better programs, please log on to

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