Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Advises People To Go With “Rehab, Rehab, Rehab.”

May 10, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

Our thoughts are with Coach Steve Kerr, of the Golden State Warriors, as he recovers from a procedure to correct a spinal fluid leak, facing the possibility of missing accompanying his team in the Western Conference finals.  The leak was caused years ago by a previous surgery that was supposed to help resolve his back pain.  Instead, the debilitating long-term complications have been interfering with his coaching career.  When asked about his condition, Coach Kerr warned, “I can tell you if you’re listening out there, stay away from back surgery. I can say that from the bottom of my heart. Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don’t let anyone get in there.”

 

Coach Kerr’s experience with a cerebral spinal fluid leak is a rare complication in spinal surgery.  However, there are always serious risks to any surgery.  Studies have shown that physical therapy is a safer option and just as effective in treating back pain as surgery.  For most instances of back pain, it is usually best to start with conservative treatment, such as physical therapy.  If after diligent completion of therapy there is still no improvement, then it may be time to consider more invasive procedures such as surgery.  While no procedure is without risk, for those who all else has failed, surgery can be the key to at last relieve debilitating symptoms such as severe pain, sensory loss, or motor weakness. 

 

To learn whether therapy or surgery may be right for you, call Integrity Rehab today to speak to one of our experts and find out how to get the care you deserve and get back to doing what you love.