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The Unbelievable Jeremy Lane’s Recovery: A must read Case Study

Super Bowl is an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) and it is where some of the worst sports medicine injuries happen.

THE UNBELIEVABLE JEREMY LANE’S RECOVERYJeremy Lane is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of NFL. During the Super Bowl XLIX he was far to know that it was by far the worst game of his career. Lane was about to come up with the biggest play of the game when an interception from his opponent, Tom Brady, resulted into a 90 degrees wrist break. Lane was sent flying into the air, he landed badly; he went to the hospital right away, and submitted to surgery. This type of fractures are very common.

Lane’s bone position was displaced that it had the potential of interfering with the future functioning of his arm and leading to the end of his career.

Surgery typically involves making an incision to directly access the broken bones to improve alignment. There is a couple of options for holding the bone in the correct position while it heals:

  • Cast;
  • Metal pins;
  • Plate and screws;
  • External fixator (a stabilizing frame outside the body that holds the bones).

In some cases, it might be required to combine some of these options.

The news were about to hit him right away. Lane did not suffer only from a wrist break. A few days later, walking around a grocery store his knee gave out as the result from an ACL injury. He knew the knee was sore and it had taken a hit from the play, but no one thought it was something so bad it would interfere with his daily life. When it distorted, he had to get back to the hospital and even more bad news were about to come his way.


Lane was about to get into surgery again, this time for his knee when an analysis to the previous surgery, on the wrist, detected a slow healing and an infection. The team who did the analysis said “not everything was clean out and it was not healing right”. He had to come back multiple times to the hospital for multiple surgeries.The recovery for this type of injuries are usually part of a lengthy process. Lane was only able to return to work after 8 months.

After surgery to the wrist, it is important that your patient achieve full motion of their fingers as soon as possible. If they are not able to full move their fingers within 24 hours due to pain and/or swelling, you may check them for another evaluation.

Almost all patients say they have some stiffness in the wrist. You must warn them this will take a month or two after the surgery and it is a continuous therapy to improve for at least 2 years. If you think it is needed, you may send your patient to start a physical therapy within a few days to weeks after surgery.

After an ACL surgery, recovery plays a vital part in getting back to the daily activities. A physical therapist might be needed. The therapist needs to be restore the strength and the motion to the surrounding muscles and to design a special program to each case. The final phase of recovery is aimed by a functional return tailored for the athlete’s sport.

There is an available software that could be used in this surgeries that Lane had to be submitted and it is PeekMed. This software was already used on Danny’s, ex-international football player at Zenit St. Petersburg who suffered an ACL surgical repair, one of the most common knee injuries and he surgery was a success.

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