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Hospital to host free workshop on spine care

GREENFIELD — Baystate Rehabilitation Care is sponsoring a free workshop on spine care next week. “Spine Care for the Sporting Individual and Athlete” will be held on Thursday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s main conference rooms.

Seven experts will present on topics related to spine health, injuries and rehabilitation.

Jeffrey Hayer, an orthopedic surgeon for Franklin Orthopaedic Group and medical director of Baystate Rehabilitation Center, will discuss school education and the prevention of spine problems.

He’ll be followed by Jeffrey King, physical therapist and manager of Baystate Rehabilitation Care, who will talk about training and long-term management for females.

Jonathan Banz, a certified orthopedic manual/manipulative therapist, for Baystate Rehabilitation Care, will explore how spinal manipulation is utilized as an adjunct to physical therapy treatment.

Physiatrist Brett Hynninen, of Pioneer Spine and Sport Physicians, will discuss conservative treatment of the spine.

Next, Richard Anderson, a neurosurgeon for the hospital, will speak on surgical options and considerations.

Darius Greenbacher, medical director of the Baystate Sports and Exercise Medicine, will talk about symptoms, diagnoses and care of common but frequently overlooked spinal injuries.

And Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, medical director of the Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will explain the most common causes for non-spine-related lower-back pain.

Following the presentations, participants will be able to join a round table discussion and one-on-one meetings with the presenters. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration for the event is required. Register by Tuesday, by contacting Baystate Health Link at 413-773-2454.

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