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word tennis Dr. Todd Lanman

Leading Spine Surgeon Talks Protecting Spine During Tennis

If you think that tennis could be causing your low back pain, you are probably right, and you’re not alone. Studies show that 62% of tennis players have some degree of injury in their lower (lumbar) spine. Most of the time these injuries do not cause noticeable symptoms, but in 3 out of 10 cases there is disc herniation where a part of the disc between the spinal bones pokes out of its normal location. Remarkably, almost 40% of professional tennis players have had to miss a tennis tournament because of low back pain. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risk of spinal injuries that occur from playing tennis. And if surgery is needed to correct these issues, which it sometimes is, there may be a way to allow patients to keep playing the game they love.

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