The Doctors: Student-Athlete With Severe Back Pain
The Doctors introduced Christian, a 20-year-old student-athlete at the University of Memphis. She’s been playing softball her entire life and her back pain started when she was just 16-years-old. Her high school softball team was in the state championship, and she was pitching when she felt a pop, but she played through it. After resting for a couple weeks, the pain went away. A year later, the pain came back. She’s tried medication, shots, rest, and even braces, but nothing works. There are some days where she can’t even get out of bed. She’s seen several doctors, but it was a Doctors episode about a roller derby girl who had a pars defect, that things started to make sense.
Jayne, Christian’s mother, shared that Dr Hooman Melamed did an examination on Christian that she had never seen before. He had her walk, bend, and even pulled on her legs. Jayne knew she had done the right thing taking her daughter to see Dr Melamed, and Christian knew the thing she wanted more than anything was to be able to play softball again.
The Doctors: Spine Surgery For Softball Player
Christian went in for surgery with Dr Melamed. Christian’s defect was cleaned out and fixed, and then a screw and hook were placed in her spine, before they were combined to hold the fracture in place. On the other side, the bone spur was cleaned up to allow Christian to be pain free.
Christian joined the show and explained that before surgery, she was constantly in pain, and now she’s pain free. Dr Melamed shared that they’re three months into the process and she just underwent a CAT scan a few days ago, showing that the bone is starting to heal. It’s not healed enough for her to start playing yet, but in three months they will check again, and then allow her to start building up her core strength in order to ease back into softball.