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Bruised spinal cord

Posted: 10/22/2013 7:51 AM

Bruised spinal cord 


To a non-doctor like me, "bruised" spinal cord doesn't seem so bad, but after reading this it seems that the injury is very serious and symptoms can show up well after the initial injury:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org...jury_85,P00770/
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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:49 AM

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To me, bruised spinal cord sounds like a season ending, if not career ending injury.  You never, ever want to hear "spine" and "injury" in the same sentence.
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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:53 AM

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I think what has to be determined is where does a spinal cord bruise fall within the spectrum of an SCI.....the link doesn't mention bruise.....could be a lesser SCI.

A bruise in the traditional sense would mean a short term affliction.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:21 AM

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WarriorNich wrote: To me, bruised spinal cord sounds like a season ending, if not career ending injury.  You never, ever want to hear "spine" and "injury" in the same sentence.

Baltimore had a player, I think a LB, miss 10 months with a bruised spinal cord.  Based on what I heard depending on the severity Finley could miss weeks or months.  If the injury is sever you have to wonder if he considers retirement.  Finley’s contract is up after this year so if he is coming off a major injury he would probably be forced to accept a incentive laden contract to prove himself.  Significantly less money after two injury scares could make a guy who’s made the kind of money Finley has think about retirement.  Early reports sound promising.  I am glad the guy is walking and appears to be ok to resume a normal life.  We will need to wait a few weeks to see if he has a future in the NFL.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:04 AM

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In my mind, I've sort of "moved on" and am assuming we will never see Finley play for the Packers again.  Too bad because he was playing well for most of this season after a rough start in the first half vs. the 49ers.

 

I think the bright side is that Finley will probably be okay in the long run in terms of his own personal health. 

From a Packer fan point of view, he will be missed as he was an above average TE in the NFL, not a great one, but a good to very good one.  Once the Packers have Nelson, Cobb, and Jones all back in the fold, they'll be in good shape, but Finley did give a nice red zone dimension that will be missed even when all the WRs are back.

Time for a guy like Brandon Bostick to step up.  I don't expect him to be Finley, but he might offer some pass receiving skills the other TEs don't appear to have. 



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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:04 AM

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FavreO4 wrote:
WarriorNich wrote: To me, bruised spinal cord sounds like a season ending, if not career ending injury.  You never, ever want to hear "spine" and "injury" in the same sentence.

Baltimore had a player, I think a LB, miss 10 months with a bruised spinal cord.  Based on what I heard depending on the severity Finley could miss weeks or months.  If the injury is sever you have to wonder if he considers retirement.  Finley’s contract is up after this year so if he is coming off a major injury he would probably be forced to accept a incentive laden contract to prove himself.  Significantly less money after two injury scares could make a guy who’s made the kind of money Finley has think about retirement.  Early reports sound promising.  I am glad the guy is walking and appears to be ok to resume a normal life.  We will need to wait a few weeks to see if he has a future in the NFL.

You are referring to Jameel McLain who was told by doctors that a bruised spinal cord injury suffered last season [December] would end his career. He eventually was given a more promising diagnosis and was PUPed at the beginning of this season, but activated last week.  I think the best case scenario is that Finley is out for this year, but able to return next.  The Pack doesn't have the roster space to stash him on the active roster and it would probably be foolish to attempt a comeback this year anyway.
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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:28 AM

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To a non-doctor like me, "bruised" spinal cord doesn't seem so bad, but after reading this it seems that the injury is very serious and symptoms can show up well after the initial injury:

www.hopkinsmedicine.org...jury_85,P00770/

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First of all, any spinal cord injury is serious, because you're talking about damage to the nervous system instead of the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones - most of which will heal over time on its own or with help/surgery). With nervous system injuries (concussions included, which is why the trend is correctly going in the direction of being more careful in treatment and restricting play time afterward) there's no guarantee of full recovery, and there's only so much you can do to assist the body in healing.

The article you reference above is for all spinal core injuries (SCIs), but it does reference contusions in the list of types of SCIs. I don't think the list of symptoms/effects they list on the SCI list applies to all spinal cord contusions, but as I said above, any spinal cord injury is serious. You don't know with 100% certainty how each person with their particular injury will recover, but there are "milestones" to check off as the recovery process progresses (can you feel your fingers, can you move your hand, etc).

We'll just have to wait and see how Finley progresses, but assuming that the only thing wrong is the contusion, he'd probably make a full recovery eventually. There were some good comments by Mark Chmura yesterday because he's had this before. The timeframe is the big question mark here, but his long-term health should be the #1 priority.
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Posted: 10/22/2013 1:26 PM

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Packers TE Jermichael Finley should be released from hospital in next 24 hrs. Doctors believe he can play again but when remains unknown

Last edited 10/22/2013 1:32 PM by markedman5

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Posted: 10/22/2013 3:29 PM

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GB takes these injuries seriously...they knew Collins and Tim Lewis were done...right away...

I sense that FInley could return this yr...if Cobb were not on the IR...with the ability to bring him back...GB would IR FInley...now they have to carry him
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Posted: 10/22/2013 3:52 PM

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DoddsOnSports wrote: GB takes these injuries seriously...they knew Collins and Tim Lewis were done...right away...

I sense that FInley could return this yr...if Cobb were not on the IR...with the ability to bring him back...GB would IR FInley...now they have to carry him

How many guys on the active roster are unable to play -- Matthews, Perry, Jones, Hayward . . .?
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Posted: 10/22/2013 4:08 PM

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bruised spinal cord mean a vessel broke and a hematoma (blood clot) formed around the spinal cord. While I am not a neurosurgeon, I would assume his recovery is dependent upon how quickly the clot dissolves away and also that it dissolves away completely without any subsequent scar formation that could continue to compress or tether the spinal cord.
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