Soccer Superstar’s Fractured Vertebra Healing Well

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Leading Los Angeles spine surgeon Dr. Todd Gravori comments on the spine injury that left the Brazilian national soccer team’s star player unable to compete.

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A board-certified spine surgeon with years of expertise can help to make sure spinal injuries are treated in the best possible manner with the fewest complications.

According to a recent article, Brazilian star player Neymar’s fractured vertebra which took him out of the semifinal World Cup match is healing well. Dr. Todd Gravori of ProMed SPINE treats many back injuries, including fractured vertebra resulting from trauma to the spine. He performs back surgery in Los Angeles with an extremely high success and patient satisfaction rate. He commented on Neymar’s injuries, and how lucky the soccer player is to be healing so fast.

Fractured vertebrae can be debilitating,” said Dr. Gravori. “In some cases a piece of bone may break off and enter the spinal canal, or the spinal cord could be compressed by slippage. Neymar is fortunate that his injury was mild enough to require only conservative treatment.”

Neymar’s fracture occurred in the lumbar region of the spine, and he had to be carried off the field in intense pain. However, the fracture does not require surgery, and doctors believe he will heal fully with just a back brace. For small fractures that have not caused neurologic injury, an external back brace is enough to immobilize the spine and allow the fracture to heal.

“Whenever a person suffers injury to the spine, it is vital to have it thoroughly assessed by an expert spine doctor,” explained Dr. Gravori. “Spine injuries can be complex and mistreatment or misdiagnosis can have grave consequences. That being said,only conservative treatments are required, and we at ProMed SPINE will always choose the most beneficial treatment option for the patient.”

The main sign of a broken vertebra is pain around the damaged area. In more severe cases, there may be weakness in the arms and legs, lack of sensation, impaired bowel function, and even paralysis. When experiencing any of these symptoms following trauma to the spine, it is vital to see an expert spine doctor immediately.

“All sports carry the risk of injury to the spine,” said Dr. Gravori. “A board-certified spine surgeon with years of expertise can help to make sure spinal injuries are treated in the best possible manner with the fewest complications. Here at ProMed SPINE, we pride ourselves on our minimally invasive techniques and a high success rate.”

Dr. Gravori is a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, and chooses the most conservative treatment methods whenever possible. He understands that each patient is different and requires individual treatment options, and will always work together to choose the best treatment options.

Based in Los Angeles, Todd Gravori, MD, FACS, QME is a board-certified spinal and neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of back, neck, and spinal conditions via minimally invasive procedures. From each of his five boutique locations, Dr. Gravori offers comprehensive treatment including diagnosis, education, treatment, surgery, and aftercare. Dr. Gravori offers treatment for herniated discs, spinal instability, spinal deformity, spine tumors, brain tumors, meningioma, hematomas, cavernous malformations, and carpel tunnel. Unlike large hospitals, Dr. Gravori’s unique outpatient structure offers personalized care in a safe and controlled environment. To learn more about Dr. Gravori and his high-end outpatient facilities, visit the new website at

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