A sports injury can be devastating for an athlete. Injuries from sports such as golf, football, tennis and other activities that frequently lead to herniation of spinal discs, pinched nerves, even degenerative disc disease can be treated by our world renowned surgeons using the most advanced treatment methods on the market.

Don’t let surgery interrupt your game

Our minimally invasive endoscopic laser spine surgery for the treatment of these painful conditions is the safest, fastest, and most reliable procedure for the treatment of back and neck pain in the world. We have a 95% success rate in eliminating pain and our patients are back on their feet (and in the game) quickly.

Sports injury diagnosis

The correct diagnosis is key to treating a sport injury. For example, back or neck pain in a professional golfer doesn’t necessarily mean surgery. The pain may come from sprained muscles that heal with proper therapy, or a facet joint that can be diagnosed with an injection and treated with a rhizotomy, not surgery. Only one in 10 or so of my patients need surgery, and then only if conservative treatment through other options doesn’t resolve the pain. This is not to say a professional football player shouldn’t have an MRI or CT scan right away after an injury as the trauma from contact sports can be similar to the impact of crashing cars.

sports injuryToo often, athletes live with pain for years and do not get treated or who have been seen by a physician who chose to mask the pain with pills rather than fix the problem by referring the patient to a board certified specialist. Professional athletes live with pain but their team physicians also recognize when to get problems addressed. Nerve pain or weakness in a limb is cause for immediate treatment, whether you are a pro or not.

Repetitive stress, for example to a pitcher’s arm or a gymnast’s knee, may present itself as a degenerative issue earlier in life than for most of the population. Spinal disc degeneration is much the same. We look for disc degeneration in athletes at a younger age.

Sports injury treatment

Both segments – professional athletes and the weekend sports enthusiast – can benefit from a minimally invasive surgical approach. In shoulder or knee surgery that means arthroscopic surgery using a scope and very small incision. In spine surgery, it’s Deuk Laser Disc Repair, with an incision less than 1/4 inch, outpatient, no metal implants and back to your life — or the ball field — months quicker than traditional fusion surgery.

Meet James, the pro golfer who was treated at Deuk Spine Institute with Deuk Laser Disc Repair.

Are you or a loved one experiencing pain from a sports injury? Deuk Spine Institute is always accepting new patient inquiries. To learn more, contact us or give us a call at 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK.