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Physicians, physical therapist to discuss pain

| Date Posted: 6/14/2011

Kurt Wohlrab, M.D.

Kurt Wohlrab, M.D.

Paul G. Singh, M.D.

Paul G. Singh, M.D.
Heather Buie, P.T.

Heather Buie, P.T.

ROCKINGHAM – Pain, says Kurt Wohlrab, M.D., is often relative.

“Some people after a total knee replacement are pain free compared to where they were before surgery,” he says. “I see people who have been told to deal with their pain, but there are things that can be done to alleviate pain with proper diagnosis and treatment.”

An upcoming program hosted by the FirstHealth Richmond Foundation will focus on pain, especially back pain and sports injury pain, and treatment options. “The Pain That Won’t Go Away” is scheduled for Monday, June 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Wohlrab, a Pinehurst Surgical orthopaedic surgeon with FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group – Orthopaedics Clinic; Paul G. Singh, M.D., of Carolina Spine Center; and Heather Buie, P.T., director of Physical Therapy at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Wohlrab, who will discuss sports injury pain during his portion of the program, says his goal in treating patients with sports injuries is to keep people active.

“Overall, head to toe, there are multiple sports-related injuries that slow people down,” he says. “There are also multiple modalities – physical therapy, injections, surgery – to treat these injuries and keep people active. If it hurts, you can’t play.”

Dr. Wohlrab earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School in Illinois and completed his internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii

Dr. Singh, who specializes in interventional spine medicine, will talk about back pain during his portion of the program. A graduate of the Chicago Medical School in Illinois, he completed his internship and residency at Rush University, also in Illinois, and his fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

During her portion of the program, Buie will talk about the role of physical therapy in managing existing pain and in preventing re-injury as well as fitness for daily activities and activity modification.

“There is a difference in approach to acute injury as opposed to chronic pain,” she says.

A graduate of the physical therapy program at Duke Medical School, Buie has been a physical therapist with FirstHealth of the Carolinas for 17 years and director of Rehabilitation Services at Richmond Memorial Hospital for almost six years.

To register for this program, which will include a question-and-answer session, call (910) 417-3701.

FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital is a division of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

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