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Body Talk - 18th September

Tonight my guest was Jonathan Benjamin, top Neurosurgeon at the Hartswood Hospital. Jonathan's specialist area is treating back pain and we had a good discussion about the causes and treatment of this type of problem.

As always, prevention is better than cure, so Jonathan had some good tips to help us avoid seeing him! Make sure you're not carrying excess weight, which will definately be overloading your back, excercise regularly, and have a healthy diet. Smokers are also at risk, Jonathan pointed out that smoking doesn't just make your skin bad on the outside, it's happening on the inside as well, plus it could be weakening your whole system.

People of all ages are treated at Hartswood. The most common conditions are degenerative and age related, and slipped discs. Operating is generally the last port of call, Jonathan would maybe advise a lifestyle check and perhaps a visit to Emma in the physio department if scans and tests don't reveal serious problems.

To get an appointment with Jonathan, ask your GP for a referral, or let me know if you have any questions and I can pass them on.

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