Football can be a debilitating sport, with a high probability of injuries occurring throughout the season. However, recent research shows that most players who require back surgery, are able to jump back in the game and back into their starting positions.
“They aren’t broken, they aren’t more fragile after surgery,” orthopedic surgeon and lead author Dr. Joseph K. Weistroffer told Reuters Health. “Four out of five who have surgery not only return to play, they return to starter positions.”
The study conducted reviewed lineman in National Football League for the past 17 years. More specifically, 81% of professional lineman who have hurt their herniated disc or the “slipped disk” as commonly known, returned to play at their previous level.
“If a NFL lineman can return to full activities, the average Joe has a good chance to get back on with their life if they don’t heal naturally and decide to turn to surgery,” Dr. Joseph Weistroffer said.