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Report: Amare Stoudemire may need offseason back surgery

Mar 29, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

For now, Amare Stoudemire is having non-surgical procedures done for the bulging disc in his back — including an epidural — in hopes he can come back for the playoffs with the Knicks.

But come this summer he may need surgery after all, reports the New York Post.

It is a possibility he will need surgery in the offseason to avoid this from becoming a continuing problem, according to sources.

(The current plan of treatment) is a temporary solution, though surgery would cause him to miss the playoffs, too. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, said the injection will reduce inflammation around the nerve root — not the bulging disk itself.

“Even temporary relief from such an injection is enough for the player to return to the court,’’ Hsu said.

I’m far from convinced Stoudemire will be back for the playoffs, but even if he does return what kind of impact is he really going to have? After weeks off, playing through a back that is not really better just numbed? The Knicks need to prepare for the playoffs as if they will get nothing from Stoudemire, that way anything they do get is a bonus.

  1. phx1311 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Average person cant work you dont get paid while this dude will bank 100mil no matter what…..damn i wish i was a little bit taller!!!

    • illegalblues - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      most folks don’t signey signey contracts for their 8-5. being tall is fricken rad.

  2. manwithpizza - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    At least the only owe him about $70 mil over the next 3 1/3 seasons.

  3. thekingdave - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Go ahead and cross out the may

  4. knickdiaspora - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Kurt my man, get your facts straight and do your homework. Epidural injections for bulging or herniated discs are cortisone anti-inflammatory injections, not to be confused with nerve block injections for childbirth. Doesn’t always do the trick, but, Amare could be very effective and pain free if it reduces the inflammation enough. He would not be playing with just a numbed back as you say. Too late in the season to fix it surgically, it’s the only shot right now. You go Shump!

  5. irish2u2 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Interesting how many people have opinions on Stoudemire’s back and none of them have medical degrees. Even the Doctor they did quote was smart enough not to diagnose a patient he had not seen yet. He has a bulging disk which can be managed. Surgery is the last resort and hopefully Amar’e doesn’t need it but if he does it’s a relatively minor procedure if the disk has not become herniated. BTW, that last sentence wasn’t a diagnosis for Stoudemire but a medical statement of fact straight off the WebMD page.

  6. dysraw1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    get well STAT

  7. mistercharitystripe34 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    It’s okay, Skip Bayless says they’ll rally around Jeremy Lin’s defense against Chicago in the first round.

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