Single level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for cervical disc herniation in a professional soccer player

Johnny Casagrande, Cesare Zoia, Giulio Clerici, Laura Uccella, Antonio Tabano

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Abstract

A 29-year old midfielder playing professional soccer complains of neck and right shoulder pain without apparent cause. A cervical MR shows disc herniation between C4 and C5 compressing 5th nerve root. The patient undergoes surgical discectomy plus interbody fusion with autologous bone and plate fixation with unicortical screws. No surgical complication is observed and after four weeks of rest, the patient begins a specific rehabilitation program including Tecar Therapy sessions and manual passive physical therapy for six weeks. Two times a week he attends hydrokinesis sessions. After eight weeks the athlete can restart working directly on soccer field and after less than four months he is back on an official competition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-7
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Volume56
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Athletes
  • Bone Plates
  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Diskectomy
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Rest
  • Soccer
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article

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