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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.

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