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Orthopedics. 2011 Aug;34(8):602-9. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20110627-23.

Outcomes of cervical and lumbar disk herniations in Major League Baseball pitchers.

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  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA. d-roberts1@md.northwestern.edu

Abstract

The effects of disk herniations on the career and performance outcomes of Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers are unknown. The purpose of this study is to determine the outcomes after a cervical or lumbar disk herniation for MLB pitchers. Forty MLB pitchers from 1984 to 2009 with a cervical disk herniation or lumbar disk herniation were identified using a previously established protocol. Cervical disk herniation was identified in 11 pitchers, 8 of which were treated operatively. The majority of pitchers with cervical disk herniation (8/11) returned to play at an average of 11.6 months. Lumbar disk herniation was identified in 29 pitchers, 20 of which were treated operatively. All pitchers with lumbar disk herniation (29/29) returned to play at an average of 7.3 months after diagnosis.

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