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What You Need to Know about Spinal Sports Injuries
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Kim Gladden, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Center for Sports Health
  • Cleveland Clinic

Kush K. Goyal, MD

  • Neurological Institute
  • Center for Spine Health
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Cleveland Clinic

Do back injuries occur in sports? How common are they? Do athletes ever recover? How serious are neck and back injuries? How do you determine return to play?

If you are an athlete who has suffered neck or back pain, get your questions answered by our sports and exercise medicine and spine health experts who will discuss possible causes for pain, diagnosis and treatment options.

Neck and back pain can have many causes such as muscle sprain, ligament strain, muscle spasm, facet mediated pain, sacroiliac joint pain, numerous types of spine fractures, and disc herniation, shoulder impingement, bursitis and hip/pelvic fractures.

There are other possible causes of neck and back pain; be sure to seek medical help if you experience:

• Clumsiness/tripping and falling
• Hip or knee pain for more than a few weeks or months
• Bowel or bladder incontinence
• Experience severe neck or back pain at night
• Develop a fever, chills or sweats

Take this opportunity to get your questions answered by two of our sports medicine and spine specialists, Kim Gladden, MD and Kush Goyal, MD.

Kim Gladden, MD, is a Sports and Exercise Medicine physician in the Center for Sports Health. Her specialty interests include sports and athletic injuries in adolescents and adults, musculoskeletal injuries and performing arts medicine. Dr. Gladden went to medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She then went on to complete a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Affiliated Hospitals in Chicago and a fellowship in Primary Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Kush K. Goyal, MD, is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation trained physician specializing primarily in spine health (diagnosis, evaluation and management of neck and back pain). He focuses on interventional spine procedures and sports medicine. He graduated medical school from the Medical College Ohio (currently University of Toledo Health Science Center) and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Oakwood Hospital/Wayne State University. He later completed his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in the Center for Spine Health.


To make an appointment with Kim Gladden, MD or any of the other specialists in our Center for Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic, please call 877.440.TEAM. You can also visit us online at sports-health.org.

To make an appointment with Kush Goyal, MD, or another medical spine specialist, please call 216.636.5860. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/spine.

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