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Infirmary Report: Adrian Gonzalez-Dr. Mimran

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Adrian Gonzalez was limited to 71 games for the LA Dodgers with a back injury.  Reports classified it as a herniated lumbar disk.  A fairly common injury, this occurs when the inner portion of the disc (nucleus pulposis) extrudes through a tear in the outer portion (annulus fibrosis).  Generally this may cause back pain and muscle spasms, but often will also cause nerve pain, due to the herniation coming into contact with one or more of the lumbar nerves.  This results in pain, numbness, and weakness in the leg, commonly referred to as sciatica.

Treatment may include medication, physical therapy, epidural cortisone injections, and for severe cases, surgery.  Return to play can range from 2-4 weeks for a short term episode of pain, to 6-9 months for severe cases that require surgery (usually a microdiscectomy).

Fantasy Implications: Injuries aside, Gonzalez is now 35 years old and entering the twilight of his career. Now a free agent, the New York Mets have reportedly reached out to Gonzalez as a possible stop gap for prospect Dominic Smith. The days of Gonzalez being a steady fantasy contributor are likely in the rear view mirror.

Dr. Mimran is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His practice focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatment of brain and spine disorders, with an emphasis on minimally invasive and image-guided techniques for the spine. He has a broad experience with the neurosurgical care of the injured athlete and serves as a consultant for multiple different professional sports teams. Dr. Mimran received his BS in physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical training at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Florida. along with a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Following his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Mimran moved to the Bay Area and joined the team at Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group, in Danville, California. Dr. Mimran has received numerous awards and honors, earning the Patients’ Choice Award for seven consecutive years, and gaining recognition as a five-year honoree of the Compassionate Doctor Award, among others. He is also a leading educator in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and navigated spine surgery, and has taught over 200 courses worldwide.

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