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November 6, 2009

SIU Med School Offers Seminar on Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

A free evening seminar about treatment options to help people suffering from the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) will be offered in Springfield this month by the surgery department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU).  It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, at the Dove Conference Center at St. John’s Hospital, 619 E. Mason Street, Springfield.

Dr. Per Freitag, associate professor of orthopaedics and orthopaedic surgeon at SIU, will present treatment options for LSS, which is a common reason for back surgery in people over the age of 65 in the United States.  It is a sometimes painful condition caused by a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal.  This narrowing can impinge and put pressure on the nerve roots and spinal cord, causing pain and discomfort.  Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis often notice pain in the buttocks or a “pins and needles” sensation in the thigh or leg that occurs when standing or walking.  Sitting down and bending forward usually makes the symptoms better.

“SIU is pleased to offer a minimally invasive treatment option for people who otherwise face a life of decreased activity which can lead to obesity and depression,” Freitag said.

Parking is available on the top level of the Mason Street parking ramp that is adjacent to the Prairie Heart Institute.  Light refreshments will be available.  For more information, call Sue at 217-545-7133 weekdays.  Attendance is free, but registration is required.