Spectrum Health Offers Free Joint and Back Pain Seminars

Events in both Grand Rapids and Hudsonville

Spectrum Health will hold its annual spring series of orthopedic seminars at two locations this year.

Spectrum Health chose two locations to make it more convenient for community members to attend these seminars and learn more about options for relieving joint and back pain. The events are free and will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Preregistration is required for each seminar by calling 616.267.2626 (option 4).

Three events will be held at the Calvin College Prince Conference Center, 1800 East Beltline Ave. SE, Grand Rapids:

Tuesday, April 12 – Treating Foot and Ankle Conditions in the 21st Century
Donald R. Bohay, MD, Orthopedic Associates of Michigan

Bohay will explore the myths and realities of common foot and ankle conditions and discuss current treatment technologies, including the rationale that guides their use.



Wednesday, April 20 – Lower Back Pain: Prevention and Treatment
Jason Squires, DO, Spectrum Health Medical Group Orthopedics

Eighty percent of Americans will experience lower back pain in their lifetime. It is also one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. Squires, a spine surgeon, will explain what people can do to prevent low back pain, as well as what treatment options are currently available.


Thursday, April 21 – Everything You Want to Know About Total Hip Replacement
Richard A. Bereza, MD, Michigan Street Orthopedic Specialists

Bereza, an orthopedic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience, will discuss total hip replacement surgery. He will provide an overview of the procedure and guidelines for making the appropriate decision about whether surgery is the best option.



Two additional seminars will be held at The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive, Hudsonville:

Wednesday, May 11, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – My Knee Hurts. Now What?
Robert L. DeMaagd, MD, Orthopedic Associates of Michigan

Orthopedic surgeon Robert DeMaagd will discuss common knee problems and treatment options including physical therapy and medications, to arthroscopy and knee replacement surgery. He will also discuss a new robotic-assisted partial knee replacement procedure first available in Michigan at Spectrum Health.


Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Oh, My Aching Legs!
James R. Stubbart, MD, Orthopedic Associates of Michigan

Lumbar (low back) spinal stenosis is a common condition that can cause radiating and debilitating leg pain or weakness, often limiting the ability to walk. Stubbart, an orthopedic spine surgeon, will review both conservative treatments and surgical techniques that can offer relief.

More information is available at www.spectrum-health.org/communityseminars.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which includes nine hospitals and more than 170 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 600 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 600,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 17,000 employees. The organization provided $115.9 million in community benefit during its 2010 fiscal year. In 2010, Spectrum Health was named a Top 10 Health System by Thomson Reuters.