SOURCE: slp3D

November 16, 2006 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: What's a Laminoforaminotomy? A Discussion About Physical Therapy and Pain Management

Webcast: November 16, 2006 at 6:00 PM EST (23:00 UTC) From Hahnemann University Hospital

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 16, 2006 -- Experts from the Spine Center at Hahnemann University Hospital will discuss the causes, common symptoms, diagnosis and various treatment options associated with cervical (neck) pain syndrome during a Webcast on Thursday November 16th at 6:00 PM EST on www.OR-Live.com.

Award-winning television news reporter and anchor Karen Friedman will lead the discussion. Ms. Friedman will be joined by Dr. Francis Kralick, D.O., director of the Spine Center, who will present the Laminoforaminotomy procedure he recently performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Kralick will be joined by members of the hospital's multidisciplinary medical team including Dr. Wes Prokop, anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, and Kevin Gard, physical therapist.

Indicated for the relief of arm pain, numbness and weakness caused by an exiting nerve root in the neck, Laminoforaminotomy is a posterior procedure offering patients with a laterally placed herniated disc or osteophyte a quicker post-operative recovery time than those undergoing the anterior procedure known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

According to Dr. Kralick, surgical intervention is always the final option recommended for patients suffering with chronic neck pain. "We generally begin an individual's treatment regimen starting with the least invasive option," Dr. Kralick noted. "A combination of ample rest and reduction of physical activity, non-prescription pain medication and physical therapy may be all a patient experiencing chronic neck pain needs to completely relieve their discomfort."

During the webcast, Dr. Kralick will narrate a Laminoforaminotomy procedure he recently performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. Indicated for the relief of arm pain, numbness and weakness caused by an exiting nerve root in the neck, the posterior procedure may offer patients with a laterally placed herniated disc a shorter post-operative recovery time than the anterior procedure known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Visit http://www.or-live.com/hahnemannhospital/1641 to learn more and view a program preview. VNR: http://www.or-live.com/rams/hun-1641-mkw-q.ram

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