August 24, 2016
BOULDER, Colo. — At the International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress, a presenter discussed spinal injuries sustained in extreme sports athletes.
“[The] hardest part for me is keeping the athletes down,” Vikas Patel, MD, MA, BSME, a Spine Surgery Today Editorial Board member, said during his presentation. “These are typically high-energy athletes than want to push the limits, and the typical does not seem to apply to them. The importance of stabilizing the spine, giving the bones a chance to heal given the opportunity to stabilize first and then being aggressive about the [rehabilitation], I think for me is the take-home point.”