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Speaker highlights spine injuries sustained during extreme sports

Speaker highlights spine injuries sustained during extreme sports
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.”

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