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hey everyone,

Unfortunately I am back to talk about my injury that has started up again. I was doing so well that I was starting to play tennis everyday for my team. Slowly but surely I was getting back to my old self, lost a lot of weight that I gained since surgery, and was able to run and hit better and better everyday. Then during the last week of practice outside (it was cold out) I felt that pain in my back again in the same spot and some of the pain traveled to my hip. I took time off and got an MRI. The results were very complex and the medical staff at my school couldnt really give me a definitive answer so I am waiting for my spine surgeon to get back to me. What I understand from the MRI report was that I previously had a "annular tear" and that this current injury was for the same disc i injured before and it is a slight protrusion in the same direction.
I really dont know what that means and I am hoping I am not just going to end up losing my season again (tennis season starts in january)
I have started another PT program and havent seen much improvement in two weeks.

I just dont know what to do..... I just want the pain to go away and I can go back to normal. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
[QUOTE=yankees718;4632576]hey everyone,

Unfortunately I am back to talk about my injury that has started up again. I was doing so well that I was starting to play tennis everyday for my team. Slowly but surely I was getting back to my old self, lost a lot of weight that I gained since surgery, and was able to run and hit better and better everyday. Then during the last week of practice outside (it was cold out) I felt that pain in my back again in the same spot and some of the pain traveled to my hip. I took time off and got an MRI. The results were very complex and the medical staff at my school couldnt really give me a definitive answer so I am waiting for my spine surgeon to get back to me. What I understand from the MRI report was that I previously had a "annular tear" and that this current injury was for the same disc i injured before and it is a slight protrusion in the same direction.
I really dont know what that means and I am hoping I am not just going to end up losing my season again (tennis season starts in january)
I have started another PT program and havent seen much improvement in two weeks.

I just dont know what to do..... I just want the pain to go away and I can go back to normal. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.[/QUOTE]


Hi, Yankee. I'm always upset when someone so young starts having back problems and find it happens a lot to athletes. It's quite possible that you have further herniation of that disc. Once disc material is removed, that disc is susceptible to injury more easily. An annular tear is a tear in the outer layer of the disc which allows leaking.

I think you were wise to stop your activities until your surgeon can evaluate things. I know you are terribly upset at possibly missing the tennis season, but it's really important not to further injure yourself.

Please stay in touch.

Carol





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