On May 19, at 6:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Room, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be offering a free educational program entitled, “Understanding Back Pain and Sciatica: When is Surgery Advised,” by Dr. Jon Thatcher.

Thatcher, who is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, will discuss the causes of back pain, surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, and when surgery is appropriate.

“Many people suffer from back pain, and most back pain can be treated conservatively without surgery,” says Thatcher. “Surgery becomes more effective when leg pain is caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back known as sciatica.”

Thatcher went to Boston University Medical School and completed his internships at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He works in the office of BMH Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, which is part of the BMH Physician Group, a multispecialty group practice of primary care and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The group’s mission is to provide community-based, quality health services delivered with compassion and respect.

For more information or to register, please call 257-8877 or visit BMH online at www.bmhvt.org.