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Jeffrey Wood, M.D., Spine Surgeon

Join us for a FREE Back Pain Seminar and meet Dr. Jeffrey Wood on Tuesday, September 9, at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Assembly Rooms A & B. Dr. Wood will present the latest information on minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical treatment options and address any questions you
may have.

Seating is limited. Call 888-274-0229 to reserve your seat today.

Your back is like a hard-working machine. It gives strength to your movements and supports most of your weight. With all this work to do, it's no wonder the back is prone to injury and strain. Four out of five adults will experience at least one episode of back pain in their lifetimes.

Back Attack
"Back pain is experienced by both the young and old, but the risk of developing it increases with age," says Jeffrey Wood, M.D., spine surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. "Back ailments can stem from a variety of sources, including heavy lifting, improper sports or exercise techniques, sitting hunched over a desk or being overweight."

Conditions such as a herniated disc, muscle spasms, arthritis and scoliosis can also contribute to back pain. Depending on the source of your back problem, you may experience acute pain (lasting no longer than a few weeks) or chronic pain (lasting for months or years). Whether your pain is intense or a slight throbbing, it's important to seek a treatment option that's right for you.

Getting Rid of the Pain
Minor back ailments, primarily those associated with strains and/or spasms, can be successfully treated at home with a combination of hot and cold compresses, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. "Although you may be tempted to spend a few days in bed recuperating, this isn't the best solution," says Dr. Wood. "To help maintain back strength and movement, try to keep up with your regular activities."

If your pain is severe or disabling, a medical professional can perform an exam to determine the source of the discomfort and prescribe a treatment plan that may include physical therapy, injections to relieve pain or surgery. The main goal of treatment is to help you live a pain-free life.

New Methods
Medical researchers are studying new ways to calm back pain, from alternative treatments to the relationship between nerve functions and back discomfort. To learn more about the causes of and treatments for back conditions, visit your medical professional or come out and meet Dr. Wood on Sept. 9. (See sidebar for details.) With the right help, your pain may become a distant memory.

4 Steps to Prevent Back Pain

1Watch your weight. A few extra pounds on your frame can cause added stress on your back and muscles. Losing the weight in a healthy manner can help keep back pain at bay.

2Stay active. Exercising regularly is the best way to keep your back in working shape. Strong, toned muscles provide proper cushioning for everyday movements.

3Put out the cigarettes. Smokers may have more difficulty recovering from a back ailment because their oxygen levels are reduced.

4 Be aware of how you move. Your mother may have told you to "stand up straight." Her advice was true. Good posture, whether sitting, standing or lifting, keeps your back in alignment.