Lumbosacral Disc Injuries Follow-up

Updated: Dec 30, 2020
  • Author: Robert E Windsor, MD, FAAPMR, FAAEM, FAAPM; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Return to Play

Return to play is an individualized process. [47, 48] No specific time frame exists for a particular injury. Safe return to play is allowed after the appropriate sport-specific rehabilitation program is completed and the athlete demonstrates full pain-free range of motion and proper neutral spine posture with sport-specific activities. [49]

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Complications

Complications of surgical intervention include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, chronic dural leak, and scar-tissue formation surrounding or compressing nervous tissue. Fortunately, these complications do not happen often, but when they do, they may cause the patient to be in worse shape than before having had surgery.

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