Lumbar disc herniation in the athlete: considerations for management and surgical treatment

Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies

ISSN: 2161-0673

Open Access

Lumbar disc herniation in the athlete: considerations for management and surgical treatment

4th International Conference on Sports Medicine and Fitness

November 14-15, 2018 | Edinburgh, Scotland

Michiel Frederik Vande Kerckhove

St. Trudo Hospital, Belgium

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Sports Med Dop Stud

Abstract :

A lumbar disc herniation in an athlete can cause significant morbidity and loss of playing time. It can also lead to financial loss, loss of status, psychological problems or even the end of a sports career. Lumbar disc herniation is a mechanical failure of the intervertebral disc to contain the disc material in the intervertebral disc space. This can possibly lead to a mechanical conflict and/or chemical irritation of the neurological structures in the lumbar spinal column. As such it can lead to irradiating pain in one or two legs, back pain, sensory and/or motor disturbances. The practice recommendations endorse an algorithmic approach to management that begins with observation, physical therapy and possibly epidural injections as the initial steps for treatment. Surgery is reserved for those who do not respond well to conservative care. In the general population, surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation in the form of microdiscectomy has been shown to have excellent outcomes across several randomized controlled trials, with high success rates, return to work, and cost-effectiveness. This paradigm is also true in the athlete population. Studies suggest that a high level of return to sport is possible following lumbar disc surgery. This presentation depicts why it is important to give extra consideration regarding the management, the timing of surgery and the surgical options in lumbar disc herniation in the athlete.

Biography :

Michiel Frederik Vande Kerckhove has completed his Medical studies at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is in his fifth year of medical training at the University Hospital of Aachen, Germany. He is working as a Resident in the Orthopedic Surgery Department of Prof. Dr. Lauweryns. He has special interest in Spine Surgery.



Google Scholar citation report
Citations: 1022

Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies received 1022 citations as per Google Scholar report

Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies peer review process verified at publons

Indexed In

arrow_upward arrow_upward