GREENEVILLE, TN – Four out of five adults have at least one bout of back pain sometime during their life. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons for health care visits and missed work.
Dr. Deborah Barton, medical director of Takoma Adventist Hospital’s Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation, will discuss when to care for back pain at home and when to seek a healthcare professional at the season return of “Time Out For Your Health” lecture-luncheon series.
The program will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center. A catered lunch will precede the program at 11:30 a.m.
Barton is Greeneville’s first-ever physiatrist, a physician that specializes in physical rehabilitation. She also has a private practice at the Takoma Medical Office Building at 438 E. Vann Road, Suite 100.
“Your lower back bears most of the weight and stress of your body,” Barton said. “Back pain often comes from strained back muscles and ligaments from improper or heavy lifting, or after a sudden awkward movement. Muscle spasms can even cause back pain. Sometimes, there may not be an obvious cause.”
Barton received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee. She performed her medical residency at Charity Hospital at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Cost for the monthly program is $5, which includes a heart-healthy lunch. Reservations are requested. For more information, please call the Takoma Hospital Volunteers at 639-3151, Ext. 2103.