Drs. Luvell Glanton Jr., a pain management specialist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, and Rahul Basho, a spine surgeon and director of the Spine Center at Hannibal Regional, are experts in their medical fields and have decided to put together a seminar for the community that will help unravel some of the mystery behind chronic pain.

Drs. Luvell Glanton Jr., a pain management specialist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, and Rahul Basho, a spine surgeon and director of the Spine Center at Hannibal Regional, are experts in their medical fields and have decided to put together a seminar for the community that will help unravel some of the mystery behind chronic pain.

 

The seminar, “Overcoming Pain,” is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, at the Quincy Holiday Inn, 48th & Oak Street.

 

The event is free to the public and will allow guests to take part in a question-and-answer session at the end of the seminar.

 

“Pain has gone high tech with apps to track and control pain,” Dr. Glanton said. “Most implantable technology comes with apps to control and track pain for better outcomes.  We are having amazing results with the new technology.” New advances in this area make it possible for pain management specialists to provide numerous other alternatives for the control and treatment of pain than the standard medication prescription of just a few years ago. These non-pharmaceutical options can provide a safer choice for many patients who already require medications for other conditions.

 

“Learn how to keep your back healthy and what’s on the horizon for new and cutting edge techniques in spine care,” said Dr. Basho. The focus of the seminar will be causes of pain and the treatments available, but by also offering a Q&A at the end of the seminar, it will allow guests the opportunity to ask questions to learn more specifics about different types of pain.

 

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain is also cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs.

 

Back pain specifically accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in a year - it is one of the most common reasons for missed work.

 

The seminar is open to the public at no charge, but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Those planting to attend are asked to call 573-629-3569.