April 10, 2007

UAMS Hosts Public Seminar on Arthritis and Back Pain

LITTLE ROCK – A free, public seminar on arthritis and back pain will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 28 in the Fred W. Smith Auditorium of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


 


T. Glenn Pait, M.D., director of the institute, will speak on “Mischief Makers of the Lumbar Spine.”


 


The seminar will help kick off National Arthritis Month in May. The first 100 attendees will receive the book “All You Need to Know About Back Pain” by Mary Anne Dunkin and produced by the Arthritis Foundation. For more information, call Kellie Coleman at 526-5770.


 


Pait is the voice of UAMS’ “Here’s to Your Health” radio segments. He is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UAMS and director of the Center for the Athletic and Aging Spine. He holds the Jackson T. Stephens Chair in Spine Surgery and is co-author of “Golf Forever: The Spine and More – A Health Guide to Playing the Game.”


 


The seminar is co-sponsored by the Arthritis Program of the Center for Health Advancement in the state Department of Health and Human Services. 


 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.