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Doctor insights on: Resume Sports Spondylolysis

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylosis is a broad term that means degeneration of the spine, more commonly known as osteoarthritis. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or ...Read more


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Can you still play contact sports after herniated disk surgery?

Can you still play contact sports after herniated disk surgery?

YES: Many years ago joe montana proved that with a proper diagnosis, properly planned treatment protocol that included spinal surgery and aggressive physical rehabilitation a top athelet can return to the highest level contact sports! ...Read more

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Is a sports knee brace recommended after meniscus surgery?

Is a sports knee brace recommended after meniscus surgery?

Not usually: Bracing after meniscus resection is not used. Bracing after meniscus repair is usually used for 4-6 weeks post operatively to limit flexion to 90 degrees while meniscus heals. After meniscus heals (about 6months), a functional brace for sports is not used. ...Read more

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What sports require helmets?

What sports require helmets?

Collision sports: Most collision sports require participants to wear helmets. Some of the more typical team sports that fall in to this category are: football, lacrosse, hockey, other individual sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snow machine racing, and even auto racing (all types) require helmets to help protect your head from injury. ...Read more

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Will physical theropy repair a small lebral tear after an anterior shoulder dislocation? Because i want to play crossfit (overhead sport)

Will physical theropy repair a small lebral tear after an anterior  shoulder dislocation?  Because i want to play crossfit (overhead sport)

No: A labral tear will not heal on its own. Therapy can help with the pain so if you are clinically not having recurrent instability and just dealing with pain at this point i think therapy is appropriate. Any recurrent instability episode however or continued pain is going to be best managed with surgical repair. ...Read more

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Following a spleen repair can you resume an active sports lifestyle?

Following a spleen repair can you resume an active sports lifestyle?

Yes not right away: Athletes with spleen injuries can take 3 -6 months before returning to exercise. It depends on the activity and the repair. Consult with your surgeon prior to returning. ...Read more

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How do athletes still play sports after a torn acl?

How do athletes still play sports after a torn acl?

We don't know: Studies have shown that about thirty percent of people who tear their acl can function quite well without it. The vast majority of people cannot perform at a high enough level to participate in athletics after an acl tear, but there are a few who do. We think it is a combination of small anatomic differences, muscle strength and control and discipline. ...Read more

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Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Yes you can.: Yes, following full recovery from surgery --- which can take anywhere from 4-weeks to 2-3 months, you will then be able to resume your sporting activities following herniated disc surgery. ...Read more

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Is it safe to play sports after herniated disk surgery?

Is it safe to play sports after herniated disk surgery?

Yes: Yes, even football players do return to their sport. Generally, one wants to wait about 12 weeks post operatively and also go through some rehabilitation and conditioning before returning to sports. ...Read more

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Acl deficient knee (injury 1999) current age- 30 yrs rare buckling once/year not active lifestyle gym injury-medial meniscus (2012) advise ACL surg?

Acl deficient knee (injury 1999)
current age- 30 yrs
rare buckling once/year
not active lifestyle
gym injury-medial meniscus  (2012)
advise ACL surg?

Maybe: If you are happy with your current activity level/lifestyle and not buckling with everyday activities you may not need to have acl reconstruction. If you want to eventually return to jumping, pivoting, change of direction activities then you might consider surgery. An experienced sports medicine ortho can guide you towards making an appropriate decision. ...Read more

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Does yoga usually help sports injuries?

Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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Does yoga usually help sports injuries?

Yes!: Yoga is a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, both great ways to improve (or prevent sports injuries). Your local y or even your community center will offer low cost classes. There are different type of yoga the one called hatha yoga has movements that involves body movements and streching which helps. ...Read more

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Can someone play sports following a hip replacement?

Can someone play sports following a hip replacement?

This depends...: On what sport you are looking to participate in. Higher impact sports that involve a lot of impact and stopping and starting are probably not a good idea. Few professional athletes have attempted such a return with limited success. Low impact activities should not be a problem, but you should discuss what your limitations are with your joint replacement surgeon. ...Read more

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When is PCL knee reconstruction necessary after a sports injury?

Dr. Allen Lu Dr. Lu
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When is PCL knee reconstruction necessary after a sports injury?

Variable: A PCL partially heals in a slightly looser position. Some patients have minimal difficulty with a PCL tear while others have instability sensations and weak push-off strength. Still others have rotational instability. Because of this, the PCL discussion needs to be personalized to your specific situation. This should really be addressed with a PCL sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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How long before i can resume physical activities after an ankle sprain?

How long before i can resume physical activities after an ankle sprain?

See below: Usually when the pain goes away and you can stand and walk with the ankle feeling stable. ...Read more

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How soon after cataract surgery can one resume normal (strenuous) sexual activity?

How soon after cataract surgery can one resume normal (strenuous) sexual activity?

Talk to eye doctor: I don't think one needs to refrain from sexual activity for more than a few days but your eye doctor can give you a better answer. However if you plan to have sex under water, then the answer would be different. :). ...Read more

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Can you participate in competitive cheerleading with a buldging disc?

Can you participate in competitive cheerleading with a buldging disc?

Depends: Clearly once a disc injury occurs, hazardous sports are a risk, but with proper training, strengthening and reasonable decision making, depending on severity high risk sports can be entertained. A well trained sports minded spine surgeon should be consulted to help with strategy management. ...Read more

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Can we play footbal with torn meniscus by using brace.?

Can we play footbal with torn meniscus by using brace.?

Generally not.: Bracing does not help with meniscal tears. With a twisitng/ pivoting sport like football, you may make it worse. ...Read more

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