‘Battles of the Bad Back’ Subject of UArizona Arthritis Center Lecture, March 4

Free and open to the public, the latest Living Healthy With Arthritis lecture features Dr. Venkat Ganapathy, University of Arizona associate professor of orthopedic surgery and Banner – University Medicine Tucson Orthopaedic Spine Service chief, who’ll discuss non-operative and operative treatments for back pain.

TUCSON, Ariz. –  “Battles of the Bad Back: An Orthopaedic Surgeon's Look at Non-Operative and Operative Treatments for Back Pain Health” will be presented Wednesday, March 4, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building, The Forum, 1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson.

At any given time, an estimated 31 million Americans experience back pain. Experts estimate nearly 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. Back pain is the second-leading cause of disability in the United States and can be caused and influenced by a number of musculoskeletal issues.

In his talk, orthopedic spine surgeon Venkat Ganapathy, MD, will focus on the latest non-surgical and surgical approaches for common and complex types of back issues, in addition to sharing the most recent research on novel treatments and procedures for back pain and injury. He will discuss a wide range of treatments, from non-invasive to complex surgical options, and will share preventive measures that underscore the importance of understanding anatomical and physiological contributors to back pain. He also will detail the latest diagnostic techniques while outlining the form and function of the spine and its many interconnected structures. Sharing his specialized approach, Dr. Ganapathy will outline the benefits and risks of these treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. He also will detail pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to back pain management.

Dr. Ganapathy is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and chief of the Banner – University Medicine Orthopaedic Spine Service. He also is a member of the teaching faculty for AOSpine, the leading global academic community for innovative education and research in spine care. The former director of orthopaedic spine surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Ganapathy joined the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson in October 2019. He also has served as an assistant professor of orthopedic spine surgery at the University of Tennessee and as an assistant professor of orthopedics and spine surgery at Southern Illinois University. He is board certified by the American College of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is an associate editor for the nationally renowned publication, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Lot Specific 2012 parking lot next to the Health Sciences Innovation Building and the Lot Specific 2147 parking lot on Cherry Avenue between Helen and Mabel Streets, as well as in all Lot Specific parking lots surrounding the Health Sciences campus and the Health Sciences Garage (formerly the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage at 1501 N. Campbell Ave.). For disabled parking or drop-off locations next to the Health Sciences Innovation Building, please email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu or call 520-626-5040.

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

For questions concerning access, or requests for a sign language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, or email: livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy With Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the Arthritis Center at the College of Medicine – Tucson.

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About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center
The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader focused on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. It is directly affiliated with the college’s Division of Rheumatology, one of 14 divisions in the Department of Medicine — one of six original departments and the largest at the college. For more information: arthritis.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook)

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. UArizona Health Sciences includes the Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona, the greater Southwest and around the world to provide cutting-edge next-generation education, research and outreach. A major economic engine, Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately XX students and 900 faculty members, and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram).