According to news reports, Chicago Bears’ receiver Johnny Knox is facing four months of recovery from his recent back surgery at minimum.
In a recent football game, Knox suffered a crack to one of the facet joints that stabilize the spinal column when he sustained a hit from Seahawks defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove. The Bears’ spine consultant and certified orthopedic surgeon Srdjan Mirkovic performed the corrective surgery on Knox’s spine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Monday. Spine surgeon for Loyola University Medical Center Alex Ghanayem said that recovery from a single level vertebral fusion by saying, “The bone has to heal first. But (you) don’t start doing back exercises until two to three months after surgery, on average. In terms of getting back into sports… we’re talking six months after surgery is the rough minimum when you’re ready for full-fledged contact. But that depends on how much damage there was, too, at the time of the surgery.”
The injured receiver is one of three injured players in the Bears’ lineup as they head into the two final games of the regular season.
As a back pain doctor, I know the severity of this injury and the long recovery that this player can expect. I hope he has the support he needs as he recovers from this unfortunate incident. If you’ve suffered an injury and suffer from some kind of chronic pain, call a pain management doctor to help you in reducing your pain.
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