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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from June 25, 2008

In this edition of spinemonitor, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD presents cervical trauma in a football player and poses an interesting question; Should this patient return to high impact sports?  Richard G. Fessler, MD helps answer that question in his case discussion.

Featured Case Study
Cervical Trauma in a Young Football Player
Photo: Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD Case Author:
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

The patient is a 16-year-old high school football player with a history of neck pain that developed the previous season following a tackle maneuver. Neck pain lasted for a month. He now presents with severe neck pain and transient quadriparesis...

The patient has restricted neck range of motion but...

The patient’s sagittal T2 MRI shows the recent ligament injury and possible C2-C3 disc injury. (Figure 4)

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Bilateral L2 Spondylolysis: Nonsurgical or Surgical Treatment?

Fig. 4 - Sagittal T2 MRI showing recent ligament injury and possible C2-C3 disc injury.
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Past Spine Cases:
Below is a listing of previous spine case studies. Feel free to browse and vote for treatment options for each case.
Bilateral L2 Spondylolysis: Nonsurgical or Surgical Treatment?
By Michael P. Schaefer, MD

Cervical Degenerative Changes with Segmental Kyphosis
By Marc A. Weinstein, MD

High-speed Motor Vehicle Accident: 24 Year-old
By Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD and D. Greg Anderson, MD

Spontaneous Low Back Pain, Radiculopathy and Weakness in a 28-Year-old
By Faisel M. Zaman, MD, FAAPMR, ABPM

Cervical Radiculopathy: Classic Case?
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

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