HOUSTON, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for a doctor's office visit, outnumbered by upper-respiratory infections, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Anyone can experience back pain, and the reasons for an increased risk vary. Poor habits or health such as getting older, poor physical fitness, being overweight, heredity, diseases such as arthritis and cancer or smoking, are the main risk factors for the development of back and neck pain.
"Finding and treating the source of back or neck pain is key," said Glenn Anderson, MD, medical director of neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. "If you experience numbness or tingling, severe pain that doesn't improve with rest, or pain in conjunction with trouble urinating, weakness, numbness in the legs, fever or weight loss, then it's time to see a doctor," said Anderson.
Join Dr. Anderson for a free neurosurgery spine seminar on Thursday, September 22, from 6-8 p.m. Dr. Anderson will talk about the latest advancements and minimally invasive treatment options in neurosurgery spine care.
Topics will include
- Back and neck pain
- Bone spurs
- Herniated discs
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Spinal disc disease including fusion and stenosis
- Physical therapy
"Depending on diagnostic results, spinal surgery may be the best option to getting relief from back or neck pain," said Anderson. "The benefits of minimally invasive techniques is that it allows for smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery time," continued Anderson.
Dr. Anderson is board-certified and received fellowship training in neurological surgery at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The event will be held at the first floor conference center of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital located at 18220 State Highway 249, Houston, TX 77070.
Registration is required. To register visit houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281.737.2500.
About Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a 312 bed, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of Houston Methodist. The hospital has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook is ranked No. 4 in the Houston metro area and No. 8 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" in 2015.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a regional referral center specializing in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates the largest Childbirth Center in the Greater Northwest Houston area.
For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook campus and to learn about upcoming events, please visit houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook To find a physician, call 281.737.2500.
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SOURCE Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital