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Hall of Fame Basketball Player to Discuss Personal Experience with Back Pain
During Seminar at Jewish Hospital
Bill Walton to speak to community members on Thursday, Sept. 21

Louisville, Ky. (August 31, 2017) – Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is helping educate the community on the prevention and treatment of back, leg and neck pain, during a free seminar on Thursday, September 21 from 7:30–9 a.m. The event will take place in the Conference Center of the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center, located at 201 Abraham Flexner Way. Check-in and photography opportunities with Bill Walton will begin at 7 a.m.

The guest speaker for the free seminar is Bill Walton, member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All Time. During the seminar, Walton will discuss the importance of seeking treatment for back pain and his personal experience with dealing with it.

Walton, a former member of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, retired from the NBA in 1990 after suffering years of back pain injuries, one of which intervened in an attempted comeback in 1990. He recently suffered from debilitating chronic back and leg pain, which nearly compromised his job as a commentator and left him unable to walk, sit, or drive a car.

Walton found relief from his back and leg pain after undergoing the minimally disruptive eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF®) procedure. Fully recovered and back to his active lifestyle, Walton is now sharing his story as a spokesman for The Better Way Back®, a patient support and education program developed and funded by NuVasive®, Inc. The Better Way Back program is dedicated to helping individuals overcome the challenges of chronic back and leg pain by providing them with the resources they need to find treatment.

During the seminar, Thomas Altstadt, MD, neurosurgeon, University of Louisville Physicians, will also discuss eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF®), an innovative procedure offered at Jewish Hospital to treat chronic back and leg pain.

Space is limited for this free back pain session. To register, call 502.587.4230, or visit Light refreshments will be provided.

About Jewish Hospital
Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is an internationally renowned, high-tech tertiary referral center, developing leading-edge advancements in hand and microsurgery, heart and lung care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neuroscience, organ transplantation and outpatient care. The hospital is the site of the world’s first successful hand transplant and AbioCor® implantable replacement heart procedures, in addition to the first trial of cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure. Jewish Hospital continues to be recognized for its specialized heart care procedures, including the implant of ventricular assist devices (VAD) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center is in a select group that performs heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation and was part of the first international paired kidney exchange program. Services are also provided throughout the community at multiple freestanding outpatient care centers.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.

About NuVasive
NuVasive is an innovative medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedurally integrated solutions for the spine. The company’s mission is to improve the lives of patients who suffer from debilitating back, neck, or leg pain by creating cutting-edge products and procedures that revolutionize spine surgery through focusing on Speed of Innovation®, Absolute Responsiveness®, and superior clinical results. Bill Walton is a paid spokesman for NuVasive.


Publish date: 

Thursday, August 31, 2017