Re: S.Cody injured
As a second back injection has been reported administered to Cody at the beginning of the week(a little over a week following his 1st) , the NFL study I quoted earlier in this thread (post #14)possibly becomes more interesting. Most physicians would space the injection closer to 2 weeks. For resistant cases, a 3rd injection could be again administered 2 weeks later. Most surgeons would not entertain any more than 3 in a 6 month span. Others consider that no more than 3 should be administered in a 1 year period.
Going back to the study, of the 17 NFL players, a total of 37 injections for 27 distinct lumbar disc herniation episodes were administered. The success rate of returning an athlete to play for a given episode of disc herniation was 89% (24 of 27 episodes) with an average loss of 2.8 practices (range = 0-12) and 0.6 games (range = 0-2) after the injection. Only four players required a repeat injection for the same episode. Three of these four players ultimately failed conservative management and required surgical intervention.
Whether Cody received his 2nd injection with the Texans attempting to facilitate his recovery vs. to “hurry” his recovery and return to play vs. because his recovery is not progressing as expected, would have to be a matter of speculation at this time. The latter 2 scenarios would not be positive. I hope we are dealing with the first scenario so that Cody doesn’t have to end up dealing with an early recurrent episode, or worse yet, consideration for surgery.