Controversies in the management of cervical spine conditions in elite athletes

Richard R. Pahapill, Wellington K. Hsu*

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Cervical spine injuries in elite athletes can have detrimental consequences, which makes return to play for professional athletes after cervical spine injury controversial. Although most athletes can return to sport under some circumstances, such as single-level anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion for cervical disk herniation, return to play after cervical disk arthroplasty and multilevel fusion for cervical disk herniation remains controversial. Allowing athletes to return to play after a finding of cervical stenosis and in the incidence of pseudarthrosis remains unclear. This review provides a systematic framework to guide return-to-play decision-making in common cervical conditions in elite athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E370-E375
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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