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Shah Scrubs SmallBy Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS

It's no secret to my family, my patients, or fellow Eagles fans, that I'm a huge football fan. I'm also a neurosurgeon with a special interest in concussions and football injuries. That's why I'm pleased to be a regular guest on WBCB's Pro Football Report with Merrill Reese.

It provides an opportunity to reach a large audience of Eagles fans like me and give medical insights into what football injury reports actually mean as well as to discuss high school sports.

In this recent interview with Merril he asks "When we hear an NFL player is having back surgery, what should we know?" Listen to the podcast below.

Spine Surgery in the NFL

Merrill Reese- It seems that back injuries are becoming more and more common with NFL players. What is involved in fairly serious back surgery, and what is your recovery.?

Dr. Shah - NFL players unfortunately are not immune to back injuries and that is quite common. I see that a lot in my practice. What these players tend to have are called herniated discs or areas between the vertebrae which have essentially spit out causing significant pain and weakness. When that occurs, even the largest, biggest, and strongest NFL player will be reduced to tears, and at that point surgery is indicated. Fortunately nowadays surgery is performed using minimally invasive techniques and can be done even on an outpatient basis where the herniated disc can be removed microscopically or even and endoscopically. That is something which requires a six to eight week recovery. After that time the injury is assessed, and the athlete might return to light activity. Over a period of months the athlete may return to full activity.

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LastUpdate: 2018-01-27 12:29:43


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