By: Nilesh Patel, MD
Advanced Pain Management
Being as it is "Bear Week," I'm sure yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feature (Post-NFL pain has hit Kenny Stills hard) on former Packer safety Ken Stills was read with great interest by many football fans - not to mention pain-specialist physicians. While Stills' story of delayed after-effects was captivating, it really wasn't that surprising - unfortunately, it is common for the symptoms of "slipped" (herniated) disks to show up years after the injury occurs, particularly in men approaching middle age when natural disc degeneration begins to occur. Equally as unfortunate, his disc-related hand numbness isn't that far out of the norm, either. The hard truth is many middle-aged men may experience similar symptoms, even if they weren't NFL "enforcers" in their youth.