Show: Sports Medicine & Fitness Show
Joseph T. Alleva, M.D
Spinal Pain, Neck and Low Back
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States — only headache is more common. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions.
Dr. Joseph T. Alleva, M.D., Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (P M & R) at NorthShore University HealthSystem, comes on the show to discuss low back pain and the ways in which we can keep our backs strong and healthy.
Joseph T. Alleva, M.D., is Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (P M & R) at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago. Dr. Alleva is board certified in P M & R, specializing in non-surgical orthopaedic care and interventional spinal care. He treats patients with spinal and musculoskeletal disabilities, focusing on a return to physical function and prevention of future injuries by addressing the cause of the injury and not solely the symptoms. Dr. Alleva received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School-Finch University of Health. He completed a residency and fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine, P.C., respectively. Dr. Alleva is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Melanie Cole, M.S.