Last week, JMSA held a Back Pain Health Seminar at Nippon Club led by Dr. Erich Anderer. The summary of the event can be found below!
Major points of the lecture:
Back pain is a very prevalent problem and is associated with health care costs of about $26 billion dollars per year. Although there are some more insidious causes of back pain which should be ruled out (cancer, infection), the majority of back pain is often without an identifiable cause. In most cases, the pain is limited to a few days and can be treated at home with over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine. It is important to return to your normal activities as soon as possible since this has been shown in studies to be associated with better overall recovery. Physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and steroid injections have all been shown to work in select patients with back pain that does not respond to self-directed treatment.
In a minority of cases, surgery is required for one of two reasons: 1) nerve/spinal cord decompression and/or 2) instability. There are a number of surgical techniques such as microdiskectomy and fusion which are very effective in well selected patients.
In order to avoid the need for surgery in the event you have back pain, doing things beneficial to your general health (eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active) are also beneficial for spine health. Specific activities that work on core strength, such as yoga, pilates, and swimming, are also very effective in alleviating pain and ultimately helping you avoid the need for surgery.
General points to consider:
- everyone gets back pain
- most back pain is not serious
- most back pain can be treated without seeing a doctor
- most expensive treatments for back pain do not work
- the best way to avoid back pain is to stay healthy
When to see a doctor:
- back pain longer than one month
- severe back pain with a significant known medical condition
- back pain associated with trauma
- pain shooting down the leg or arms
- back pain with bowel/bladder disturbance (urgent!)
THE JMSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM (JCOP):
JMSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
Through the years, JMSA has become aware of local organizations which have provided much needed medically and socially related support to the Japanese American Community. Many of these programs provide valuable services to the Japanese community through information sharing and support groups, and have urgent need for funding. With this knowledge, JMSA established the Community Outreach Program (JCOP) in 2007 in order to support medically related Japanese programs through grants .
The JMSA Community Outreach Program (JCOP) strives to become a liaison between community programs and corporations seeking to sponsor and aid such programs.
アメリカ各地には、地域に根付いた活動を展開する、日系の医療関連非営利団体（NPO）がたくさんあります。米国日本人医師会（JMSA）は、ここ数 年彼らの活動に注目してきました。これらのNPOは、地元の日系コミュニティーに対して、必要な医療情報を日本語で提供するだけでなく、独自のプログラム や企画・イベントなどを通して、実に様々な医療関連サービスを提供しています。しかし、いずれの団体もその活動資金不足は深刻で、差し迫った問題となって いるのが現状です。そこでJMSAは、助成金を通じて彼らの活動を支援しようと、2007年「JMSA日系コミュニティー・アウトリーチ・プログラム （JCOP）」を立ち上げました。地元の日系医療関連NPOと、支援意欲を持つ企業とをつなぐ橋として、このプログラ ムを発展させていく所存でおります。
Please join us at the annual JMSA Summer Party! Register online!
Date: Sunday, August 3th 2014
Location: Guzan (1534 3rd Ave, between 86th & 87th Street)
It will be held at the same location as last year! Dinner and cash bar. There will also be an entertainer for kids with a magic show, face painting, games and dancing! Feel free to invite any friends or family who are interested in JMSA.
Please join us for the Nippon Club's Health Seminar Vol. 33 on the progress and clinical application of genomic medicine in Japan and the United States.
The seminar will be given by Dr. Kimihiko Oishi, who is an assistant professor of genetics and pediatrics at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
The seminar will be held on , from at the Nippon Club (145 W 57th St, bet 6th and 7th Ave)
Please RSVP to Mr. Naito at the Nippon Club and let him know you are a member of JMSA.