‘Battles of the Bad Back’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Discover how you might be causing your own low back pain and learn safe practices that may help reduce recurrences. at “Battles of the Bad Back” on Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

The free 75-minute presentation, including time for questions and answers, is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain in their lifetime. Phsycial therapist and author Randy Raugh, PT, DPT, will discuss non-invasive ways to treat and prevent low back pain as well as issues related to disc abnormalities and degeneration, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac pain. Dr. Raugh also will detail issues of the correlation – or lack there-of – between symptoms and what is seen on an X-Ray or MRI.

Dr. Raugh’s extensive work in the field of health and wellness and physical therapy has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Arthritis Today and in GQ Magazine. Currently a physical therapist in the orthopaedic department at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Raugh was the fitness director and a physical therapist at Canyon Ranch Health Resort's Life Enhancement Center for 27 years.

He is the author of “Prime for Life: Functional Fitness for Ageless Living,” a guide that delivers practical information for people of all ages on how to keep muscles, joints and bones feeling young and functioning optimally. Dr. Raugh holds a clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website www.arthritis.arizona.edu or call 520-626-5040 or email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage.

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

The 75-minute lectures, with time for questions and answers, are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Upcoming lectures include:

• May 7, “Too Young to Feel Old … Overcoming Arthritis Pain,” Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD, UA professor of medicine; medical director for the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s Osteoporosis Program; and Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis.

• June, July and August, no lectures (lectures will resume in September).

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The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, visit www.arthritis.arizona.edu