Arlene Vera (right), of Blue Island, is leading an active lifestyle after receiving a spinal cord stimulator. She is pictured at a park with family friend Anah Webster. | Supplied photo
Spinal cord stimulation
What is it? A small device implanted in the back or buttocks that sends a continuous low-voltage electrical current to the spinal cord to block pain in the legs, trunk and arms.
What kind of pain does it treat? Pain caused by bulging spinal discs, arthritis in the joints of the spine when it compresses nerves, scar tissue in the spine from surgery, complex regional pain syndrome and congenital problems.
How do you know if it will work on your pain? Patients have a trial period before the device is implanted.
What if it doesn’t work? The procedure is totally reversible.
Dr. Dragan Gastevski
Updated: August 19, 2014 6:17AM
Teaching Series: The Lighthouse Church of All Nations is counting down the weeks to its new sanctuary with a teaching series called “Through A Looking Glass.” There will be surprises every week. The church is at 4501 W. 127th St., Alsip. For more information, call (708) 385-6020 or visit www.thelighthousechurch.org.
Concert: Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church, 20839 Homeland Road, Matteson, will present Pastor Mitty Collier in concert Sunday. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the concert starts at 3:30. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. More information or tickets: (708) 503-1400.
Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting: The Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. Rabbi Michael N. Stevens, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El in Munster, Indiana, will present the program, “My Thirty–Six Years as a Congregational Rabbi.” He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1976 and served congregations in Warren, Ohio; Montreal, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, before coming to Temple Beth-El in 1987, according to a press release. The meeting is free to members. Nonmembers are asked for a $2 donation. Family memberships in the Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society are $20 per year. Information: ijgs.home.comcast.net.
Free Meals: Holy Cross Church is serving a free community meal on the second Tuesday of every month. Children are welcome. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 5 p.m. and is served until 6:30 p.m. The church is at 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip. Those who need a ride can contact Joan at (708) 597-9477. The church also has a food pantry from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.