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BronsonSenior Times - January 2019Page 9Battle CreekComprehensive skilled nursing & rehabilitation servicesExperience Makes a Difference.200 Roosevelt Avenue E Battle Creek, MI 49037269.965.3327www.heartlandnursing.comBATTLE CREEKDr. Timothy Gates, Bronson Neuroscience CenterIS BACK PAIN SIMPLY A NORMAL PART OF GETTING OLDER?As we age, things change. Unfortunately, that sometimes includes back pain. There are many things that can contribute to and cause back pain.If you’re nearing the age of 60, your back pain may be caused by tiny cracks in your vertebrae. If left untreated, these hairline fractures can increase, weakening the spine, and causing it to collapse. This is called a spinal compression fracture.At Bronson Neuroscience Center in Battle Creek, our team not only spe- cializes in treating back and neck pain, we focus on doing so without the use of surgery whenever able and, if sur- gery is needed, using minimally-inva- sive procedures if possible. This helps you have less pain, fewer scars and bleeding, and heal faster. Plus, you can get back to the things you love doing sooner.The leading cause of spinal com- pression fractures isosteoporosis, a diseasethat causes brittle,For spinal compression fractures, I perform a minimally invasive proce- dure called kyphoplasty. During the procedure, balloons are used to gently lift and stabilize the fractured bone, returning it to the correct position. Then the fractured bones are cementedAward-Winning | 5-Star Rated50 Sanderson Lane 517.279.9587 Coldwater, MI 49036 Maple-Lawn.orgweakened bones, mak- ing them more prone fracturing. Most com- mon in women over 50, nearly 10 million Americans have oste- oporosis, and another 44 million with low bone density are at an increased risk.from within to glue the pieces back together. This procedure can help reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore height and alignment. This proce- dure is typically done during the day and, within a few hours, you are able to begin moving around and go home to recover. Most people have immedi- ate pain relief and are back to normal activi- ties within a week.Depending on the severity of osteopo- rosis, everyday tasks could contribute to spinal compression factures and often affect the middle to lower back. This could range from falling to lifting a heavy object or even coughing or sneezing.The bottom lineis, if you’re having back or neck pain, don’t continue to suf- fer. There are many options available to help relieve your pain.Spinal compression fractures are often very painful. Multiple fractures can cause increased pain, a visu- al loss of height, and/ or muscle fatigue. Unfortunately, only one-third of spinal fractures are diagnosed as many assume the pain is caused by age.Timothy Gates, PhD, DO, is a neuro- surgeon with Bronson Neuroscience Center in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. He has received specialized training from Stanford University Medical Center.ALLEN ANTIQUE MALL MICHIGAN’S LARGEST Over 200 booths Dealers from 6 states Limited dealer space available  Grill and restaurant on grounds  Home of primitive connections  Home of country junction Bus tours welcome Campgrounds close byOpen 7 days, 10am - 5pm PH (517) 869-27889011 W. Chicago (US 12) • Allen, Michigan 49227NI-94 MarshallI-69 Coldwater Exit 13Old US 12 IndianaOhioAllenWhen you are experiencing back pain, you should see your primary care doctor right away to avoid more health risks. Your doctor will most likely refer you to an expert who has received specialized training to treat back and neck pain.Are you having back or neck pain? See your primary care provider or call the Bronson Neuroscience Center for more information.Bronson Neuroscience Center:(269) 245-5964.Find a Primary Care Provider:(269) 341-7788.BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGINGDelton Faith United Methodist Church(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pmFriendship Center Locations:Hastings COA Building:(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pmMain St. Banquets:Woodland Eagles Club:(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm(269) 367-4041Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,cards, bingo, and many others.• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: |

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