ProfootballDoc (Former NFL Head Team Physician): Talks Romo and Herniated Discs

This guy is a former Head team physician...and speaks only in general terms
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David J. Chao, MD ‏@ProFootballDoc

Going to share couple of thoughts from former NFL team physician perspective and someone who has personally had 3 herniated disc surgeries.

Herniated discs are common. Having one does not mean mandatory surgery. Depends on symptoms which can get better Romo.

Unless Romo has progressive neurological symptoms (numbness, weakness, loss of bowel or bladder function) he will not have immediate surgery.

Herniated disc don't go away but symptoms can improve with treatment, medicine and epidural steroid injections. It would be unusual for #Romo to finish game and have symptoms worsen to the point he needs immediate surgery. Likely spasm and pain.

Many NFL players play with herniated disc and delay surgery until after the season. (Of course I don't have any direct knowledge of Romo)

In the #Romo risk/reward equation, playing with a herniated lumbar disc has no increase chance of paralysis, even with a big hit. To be clear, I am not saying #Romo will play. Just saying despite media reports, I wouldn't give up hope yet.



It is likely/possible that #Romo didn't just get the herniated disc on Sunday. Speaks to why he still might have a chance with treatment.

To answer why #Romo not on injury report last week: The Dallas Cowboys don't need to report if he doesn't miss practice & no risk to miss game.



All due respect to @ESPNNFL reports, if I were @dallascowboys fan, would hold out hope for Tony Romo based on my previous tweets.#NotDoneYet


I believe Romo had herniated disc before Sunday and that it likely got worse. Key is for good the Dallas Cowboys medical staff to calm symptoms.

I don't doubt reports that Romo has herniated disc and needs surgery. I doubt he needs it right now. NFL players have finished season first. To say Romo is definitely done for season is premature. Even if he doesn't play Sunday, season could go longer. (Don't laugh)
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