Back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the U.S., and experts estimate that nearly 80 per cent of the population will experience a back problem sometime in their lives. The May wellness lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy will focus on the latest surgical and non-surgical options for treating back pain.
Dr. Kenneth Hood, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Banner-University Medical Center, will present the lecture, “Back in Control: a Spine Surgeon’s Perspective,” beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 31) in the Great Room of the ASA Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Hood, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, will discuss the latest research in the field and describe a wide range of treatments from non-invasive to complex surgical options. He will share his patient-centered approach to preventive measures and treatment, including the importance of understanding anatomical and physiological contributors to back pain.
His latest research focuses on spinal cord injury. In his ASA lecture he will discuss the benefits and risks of the latest treatments for back pain, both surgical and non-surgical. He will also detail pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to back pain management.
A graduate of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Hood received his degree as a doctor of osteopathic medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY. He completed his residency at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, CA, and a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of California at San Diego, one of the top spine fellowship centers in the U.S. He joined the UA College of Medicine in August 2015.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer