Northwestern Medicine Hot Topics: Spine Injuries in Athletes

Northwestern Medicine
Orthopaedics February 13, 2014
When Russian figure skater and former gold-medalist Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from the Olympic men's competition, it sent shockwaves across the Sochi games. While his announcement surprised many, spine injuries are in fact a common occurrence for high-level athletes and weekend warriors alike. For our latest "Hot Topics" video,  orthopaedic surgeon Alpesh Patel, MD, co-director of the Northwestern Spine Center, discusses common types of injuries seen in athletes and offers tips for ways that athletes at all levels can protect their backs.

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