Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011
Saturday, April 16
9 to 11 a.m.
Lake Tahoe Community College, Aspen Room
(1 College Drive South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150)
Free and open to the public
Join Barton Health’s back and spine specialists, Drs Michael Fry, Peter Costa, Robin Tomita, William Cottrell and Leonard Holmgren on Saturday, April 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College in the Aspen Room.
One popular topic will include spinal stenosis by Dr. Fry of Barton Health’s Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic.
“Lumbar stenosis is a common back disease, which results when bone spurs narrow the spinal canal,” Dr. Fry said. “The natural history [of lumbar stenosis] is unclear due to lack of prospective studies.”
Dr. Fry also will discuss details, including diagnosis and treatment, of spinal stenosis and how it is a major cause of pain and discomfort for many people in areas such as the buttocks, legs and feet from walking or prolonged standing.
“The symptoms can come and go and occasionally improve, but there are some non-operative and operative treatment options that can be considered,” he said.
Other “back talk” topics will include the role of physiatry – also known as physical therapy; the make-up of healthy bones versus bones with osteoporosis and causes of osteoporosis; electromyogram (EMG), which measures the electrical activity of the nerves and muscles; and kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive surgical procedure used for treating compression fractures resulting from osteoporosis.
This back and spine presentation is just one of many educational opportunities geared toward educating the community about living healthful lifestyles. Attend any four of Barton’s 2011 wellness lectures and receive an attendance “punch card” and automatically be entered to win a 2011/2012 season pass to a Lake Tahoe ski/snowboard resort and other prizes.
Visit www.bartonhealth.org/lecture for complete details and the 2011 lecture series line-up. For more information, please call (530) 543-5656.