Management of Lumbar Conditions in the Elite Athlete

Wellington K. Hsu, MD; Tyler James Jenkins, MD


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017;25(7):489-498. 

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Return to Play

Return to play should be determined on a case-by-case basis, with consideration of the athlete, the injury, and the sport. The guidelines for return to play are similar to those for other lumbar conditions and generally depend on the athlete demonstrating resolution of symptoms and full preinjury range of motion and strength, as well as the successful completion of a structured rehabilitation program.[45] Structured protocols have been found to improve recovery time.[46] In general, rehabilitation for lumbar injuries relies on a stepwise advancement through increasing range of motion and progressive strengthening followed by the initiation of sport-specific exercises.[46]