Laser Spine Institute Makes Largest Ever Medical Donation to Gridiron Greats

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More than $1 Million donation will help NFL legends alleviate chronic spinal pain through minimally-invasive surgery.

We are thrilled and excited to offer much-needed surgeries to some of the NFL's greatest players. While they may not be actively playing anymore, we feel it is still vitally important for these players to be able to live out their retirement without suffering from chronic pain.

The Laser Spine Institute is proud to announce a more than $1 million gift to the medical program of Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, the charitable organization provides financial aid, social and medical services to former NFL players in crisis. This donation is the largest ever to the program and the only to focus solely on back and neck pain. Minimally invasive, laser-assisted spinal surgeries will be provided pro bono to former players that qualify who suffer from chronic and debilitating back and neck pain as a result of injuries sustained during their active playing days.

Through just a small one-inch incision, a team of renowned surgeons are able to correct a variety of spinal problems caused by the game of football, with a drastically reduced recovery time. Back and neck pain is one of the leading medical issues for NFL players, yet no post career ongoing neck or back care has been offered to date. LSI leads the way, bringing today's most innovative technology and procedures to the doorstep of the NFL's greatest legacies.

With facilities in Tampa and Scottsdale, the Laser Spine Institute is revolutionizing the landscape of spinal surgery using cutting-edge lasers and a 5-day process from surgery to recovery, drastically reducing the time it takes for patients to recover. With just a tiny one-inch incision, expert surgeons can correct a variety of back and neck ailments from degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis to herniated discs and spinal arthritis.

Former patient and LSI CEO Bill Horne says, "As someone who sustained an injury after playing one year of college football which has caused a lifetime of pain, I can only imagine what these retired NFL players are experiencing after decades playing the sport. This cause is close to our hearts, and we are genuinely thrilled about the opportunity to bring relief to these former players."    

A team of renowned surgeons led by Dr. James St. Louis, a two-time recipient of the Physician of the Year award and member of the prestigious Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, have performed more than 8,000 surgeries, perfecting minimally invasive techniques that alleviate spinal pain caused by years of playing professional football.

Dr. St. Louis explains, "We are thrilled and excited to offer much-needed surgeries to some of the NFL's greatest players. While they may not be actively playing anymore, we feel it is still vitally important for these players to be able to live out their retirement without suffering from chronic pain."

Gridiron Greats Board Member and legendary coach Mike Ditka agrees, "These players gave the best years of their lives to the game, and deserve the highest level of continuing medical care and assistance that we can provide them with. Thanks to the generosity and expertise of LSI, the Gridiron Greats will now be able help many former players who are in desperate need of medical care. We want to extend a huge thank you to LSI for donating such important services to the Gridiron Greats medical program."

At LSI, gridiron greats will receive all of their spinal health care needs in one location. From pre-operative imaging and diagnostic testing, to endoscopic laser surgery and post-operative physical therapy, patients receive the highest quality care combined with the most advanced treatments.

Retired players can contact the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund to see if they qualify for the pro bono medical program 1-800-708-1078 or visit http://www.gridirongreats.org. Players must contact the GGAF directly.

To learn more about LSI, visit http://www.laserspineinstitute.com or call toll free 1-866-853-6191 for more information on outpatient, minimally invasive spine surgery and upcoming seminars in cities across the United States.

Media Contacts:
Melanie Vigliotti
mvigliotti (at) zimmerman.com

Laura Millett
lmillett (at) zimmerman.com    
(850) 668-2222

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