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Playing Basketball after not 1 but 2 spinal fusions

I have had my neck fused in early 2000 to a full recovery to the point I was back to dominating people on the court In less than a year and being able to do most of the things I could do before the injury. I have bad a second L4/L5 fusion in 2007 and it took me 4 years to get back and it wasn't until mid 2012 that I could see some resemblance of my self on a basketball court. I am hyper competitive and do everything from bball to golf, bowling but I have eliminated the tennis. Last September my back went out again and I had began to really dominate the basketball games again and I was feeling really good about myself and my back went out again. This time it was a bulging disc over the area that was fused. I have had 3 procedures since October and headed for a fourth this week a set of injections and more. I've fought back twice and one but this one seems to may be the one that takes me out. I will see I know it's possible and I will keep fighting, I'll keep you guys posted.
Roderick Smith


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    and what your doctors said you can and can not do.
    With some spinal surgeries, specific activities will be ruled out completely.

    Some examples:

    After 4 lumbar surgeries, I asked my doctor if I could play golf. His response was, Sure, as long as you play righty one time and lefty the next

    Could I return to Snow skining? Sure as long as you dont fall

    Can I play fun basketball, handball,etc? Are you kidding, the impact of doing that will set up to see me for another surgery

    These were all true situations I faced over the years and discussions I had with my doctor.

    I love sports, still do, my level of playing football in my early days contributed to many of the surgeries and problems I have today. I don't regret it, but I do know you have to weigh out everything when it comes to playing a sport you did before and if you can do it again.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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