Injury: Herniated Disc Intense pain from the inflammation and breaking of the discs that provide cushioning between spinal vertebrae. Classic Casualty: Larry Bird
Massive disc herniations sent Bird to the bench often and forced his retirement in 1992, when he was still a top scoring threat. When his back went, so did the Celtics. Vintage Repair: Full or partial removal of the disc or vertebral bone Recovery time: Six months to never
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