Tuesday, March 22, 2016


I am not worried about the baseball player. I am worried about the man. I was lucky to talk to people who are really close to David Wright last season and I am worried he might get hurt to the point that his daily life is effected. I am not going to get into what was told to me, but I hope that Wright doesn't try to do too much where he hurts himself for life. Let's break down what Spinal Stenosis is:
The most common forms are cervical spinal stenosis, which are at the level of the neck, and lumbar spinal stenosis, at the level of the lower back. Thoracic spinal stenosis, at the level of the mid-back, is much less common.[1]
In lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed which can lead to symptoms of sciatica (tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs).
Signs and symptoms Illustration depicting spinal stenosis and spinal cord compression Common Standing discomfort Discomfort/pain, in shoulder, arm, hand Bilateral symptoms Numbness Weakness Buttock / Thigh only Below the knee
Standing? Majority of the game is standing. Not only that, think about the form Wright has when he plays third. He has his knees bent and is slight bent over at the waist ready to make any play that is hit towards him. And what about throwing a ball or swinging a bat. The torque alone probably shoots a pain up and down his spine. Trauma: Accidents and injuries may dislocate the spine and the spinal canal or cause burst fractures that yield fragments of bone that go through the canal You guys remember when Wright had a fractured back a few years ago? I have been told by someone that I know that has spinal stenosis that is an every day person that he can't even play sports anymore because of the pain he is in. Now imagine trying to play at a big league level? I have had a stiff back and didn't even want to try to tie my sneakers let alone try to play nine innings of ball. I am hoping for the best for Wright and that he can continue to have a full and fruitful life whenever he does retire from baseball down the line.

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