Ali Seeks Medical Help

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Muhammad Ali recently was treated for a back-and-neck condition and is now undergoing follow-up physical therapy, a spokesman for the boxing great said Thursday.

Craig Bankey said Ali, who was treated at Emory University in Atlanta, will return to his regular routine of public appearances upon completion of his physical therapy.

Ali will be present at the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 19, Bankey said in a written statement.

Ali's office issued the statement in response to recent published reports concerning his health, Bankey said.

Ali, who is 63 and battling Parkinson's disease, lives near the southwestern Michigan village of Berrien Springs, about 170 miles west of Detroit.

"Like Parkinson's patients around the world, Muhammad faces challenges each day," Bankey said. "He continues to fight Parkinson's disease with the same courage and dedication he brought to the ring and to his work aimed at alleviating poverty, hunger and intolerance."