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Date:5/12/2010

Tiger Woods neck injury: Can it threaten his golf career? Tiger's withdrawal from The Players Championship due to a neck injury has caused media speculation on how this might affect his career. What are the facts? The media descriptions suggest that inflammation of a spinal nerve in the neck due to damage to an intervertebral disc is the most likely diagnosis. The medical term is "cervical radiculopathy". While spontaneous improvement without treatment is a possibility, Tiger may also face the risk of spinal surgery. Non-surgical treatments, such as injections with cortisone or a newer more selective anti-inflammatory that blocks TNF (a treatment method developed at the INR® in Los Angeles), are other possibilities. Without additional information, such as the result of the pending MRI, and more detailed knowledge of his symptom pattern, it is not possible at this time to predict if this injury is a significant threat to his career.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 12, 2010

Tiger Woods neck pain: Can it threaten his golf career?

Tiger's withdrawal from The Players Championship due to a neck injury has caused media speculation on how this might affect his career. What are the facts, as seen by experts at the Institute for Neurological Research®(INR®), a private medical group, inc. in Los Angeles?

What we know

Reports have described neck pain for seven weeks with tingling going down the right arm to the fingers. The pain during The Players Championship was severe enough to require withdrawal from the tournament. An MRI imaging study of the neck, looking for a "bulging disk" is planned for this week. Treatment with oral anti-inflammatory medications was reported as not controlling the condition.

The medical implications

These symptoms suggest there is inflammation of one of the spinal nerve roots in the neck. The m
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