Spinal Conditions in the Athlete

A Clinical Guide to Evaluation, Management and Controversies

  • Wellington K. Hsu
  • Tyler J. Jenkins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Team Physician Management of Spine and Brain Injuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shawn Sahota, Bryan Kelly
      Pages 3-15
    3. Joseph E. Molenda, Brian T. David, Richard G. Fessler
      Pages 17-24
    4. Robert Watkins IV, Michael Kordecki
      Pages 25-35
    5. Lucas T. Buchler, Martin Boublik
      Pages 37-57
    6. Steven R. Dayton, Hayden P. Baker, Ujash Sheth, Michael A. Terry, Vehniah K. Tjong
      Pages 59-79
    7. Jacqueline Turner, Cynthia R. LaBella
      Pages 81-88
  3. Injuries to the Cervical Spine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Michael H. McCarthy, Joseph A. Weiner, Todd J. Albert
      Pages 91-107
    3. James B. Carr II, Joshua S. Dines
      Pages 109-121
    4. Frank H. Valone III, Kiehyun Daniel Riew
      Pages 123-131
    5. Jason L. Pittman, Chong Weng, Steven Theiss, Andrew M. Cordover
      Pages 133-147
    6. Shalin S. Patel, Brett David Rosenthal, Wellington K. Hsu
      Pages 149-155
    7. Tyler J. Jenkins, John M. Rhee, John G. Heller
      Pages 157-169
    8. Edward M. DelSole, Brendan Gleason, Nikhil Grandhi, Dhruv K. C. Goyal, Alpesh A. Patel, Gregory D. Schroeder
      Pages 171-181
  4. Injuries to the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Robert L. Brochin, Zoe B. Cheung, Andrew C. Hecht
      Pages 185-199
    3. Tyler J. Jenkins, Rick C. Sasso
      Pages 201-213
    4. Andrew M. Cordover, Jacob B. Cordover, Glenn S. Fleisig, Jesse A. Raszewski
      Pages 215-234
    5. Koichi Sairyo, Toshinori Sakai, Yoichiro Takata, Kazuta Yamashita, Fumitake Tezuka, Hiroaki Manabe
      Pages 235-247
    6. Elizabeth P. Davis, James E. Showery, Mark L. Prasarn, Shah-Nawaz M. Dodwad
      Pages 249-262
    7. Joseph P. Maslak, Jason W. Savage
      Pages 263-277
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


This concise, user-friendly guide brings together the strongest available evidence with expert recommendations to provide insight into the management of injuries to the athlete’s spine, including controversies unique to this area. Divided into three thematic sections, this information will prove invaluable, as many of the real-world questions surrounding care do not have distinct and obvious answers. Considerations for team physician management comprises part I, including on-field assessment of spine injuries and concussion, rehabilitation and return to play, and complications and post-concussion sequelae. The second and third sections discuss injuries to the cervical spine and the thoracolumbar spine, respectively, describing injury evaluation, management, and outcomes in the elite athlete.

Spine conditions have been studied extensively in the general population; however, applying this data to the elite athlete is controversial. Numerous external variables make performance of well-designed clinical trials challenging in this population, and consequently evidence-based recommendations are lacking for the athlete’s spine. Practical and engaging, Spinal Conditions in the Athlete will be an excellent resource for sports medicine specialists, orthopedic and neurosurgeons, and any clinician treating the active patient.


Athlete's spine Burner Cervical cord neurapraxia Cervical disc herniation Cervical stenosis Lumbar disc herniation Post-concussion syndrome Spinal condition Spinal cord injury Spinal trauma Spondylolisthesis Spondylolysis Sports concussion Stinger Thoracic pathology

Editors and affiliations

  • Wellington K. Hsu
    • 1
  • Tyler J. Jenkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Columbia Orthopedic GroupColumbiaUSA

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