Hospital to hold seminar on back pain

By BRYN STOLE Staff Writer

A free seminar at Greenwood Leflore Hospital Tuesday is aiming to help out those with unresolved lower back pain.

The seminar, led by Dr. Craig Clark of the Greenwood Leflore Neurosurgery Clinic, will discuss the possibility of lower back pain caused by sacroiliac joint (SI joint) problems as well as ways to diagnose lower back issues.

Clark will make a short presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session as well as a chance to discuss individual issues. The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s conference room.

Clark said that SI joint issues can be responsible for as much as 25 percent of all lower back pain, but that doctors and patients both often overlook the issues.

“It’s not hard to treat, but if you don’t look for it, you can’t treat it,” Clark said.

Weight loss, chiropractic manipulation, direct injections and surgery can all be used to treat the condition. Clark said that, once SI joint problems are properly diagnosed, treatment can be extremely effective.

Among those who suffer from SI joint problems, Clark said, are people who have had lumbar fusions and other back treatments in the past. Clinical studies have shown as many as 75 percent of patients who’ve undergone a lumbar fusion develop SI joint problems within five years, Clark said.

Other patients assume they’re suffering from a degenerative disc or simply have a “bad back” when a problematic SI joint — and not the spine — is really at fault, Clark said.

Preregistration for the free seminar is requested, but not required, as seating is limited. Contact the hospital at 877-287-6114 to register. Same-day registration at the door is also available.

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