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Seminar examines treatment for neck and shoulder pain

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 16, 2005) -- The winter series of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Geriatric Education Series concludes Monday, Feb. 21, with Anthony G. Chila, D.O., professor of family medicine at OU-COM, presenting "My Neck and Shoulders Hurt." The seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in conference room B-9 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.

Chila will discuss neck and shoulder pain resultant from maladies such as abnormal neonatal development of the spine and the effects of trauma on the neck and shoulders. The presentation also will discuss osteopathic manipulative treatment and will be demonstrated for joint mobilization. Finally the seminar will address and demonstrate various self-administered exercises such as expansion of the superior thoracic aperture, piston breathing, and neck and shoulder mobilization.

"A commonly seen complaint in the practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine is often verbalized as 'my neck and shoulders hurt,'" said Chila.

"This complaint is seen at various stages of life due to a variety of conditions and circumstances," said Chila. "In the elderly patient, this complaint is often related to an ongoing degenerative joint process and may be associated with various systemic diagnoses," he added.

Health-care professionals are invited to attend the seminar. Brown bags are welcome. For more information, call the Geriatric Education Center at (740) 593-2258. Each lecture in this series of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology seminars is held from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at O'Bleness, B-9.

This is the final seminar in the winter series. The first was Dec. 6, with Edward A. Gotfried, D.O., associate professor of specialty medicine, who presented "Acupuncture and Its Effect on the Brain." The second seminar, "Diabetes in the Elderly," was presented by Frank Schwartz, M.D., Dec. 20. Becky Norway presented "Assisted Living" Jan. 3. The fourth seminar, "Depression in the Elderly," was presented Feb. 7 by Steven W. Clay, D.O.

"The seminars are designed for an interdisciplinary audience," said Peterson. "Health professionals from the community regularly attend, in addition to interns, residents and medical students. The diversity of disciplines represented by the participants makes for an interesting exchange of ideas."

The sponsors of the seminars include OU-COM's Department Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology, the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center and Area Health Education Center, and the Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio.

Peterson said the seminar series was started by a federal grant that established OU-COM as a contribution site to the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center in September 1994 and has supported many continuing education programs. Provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, the grant supports educational programs in geriatric and gerontology for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and health-care providers to 22 Southeastern Ohio counties.

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