The Austin Chronicle - Dr. Andrew Hecht: 'The NFL Beat': Spinal Stenosis
Jarvis Jones may be the best player in the 2013 NFL Draft. He also has spinal stenosis. The Chronicle caught up this week with Dr. Andrew Hecht, co-director of spine surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, spine surgical consultant for the New York Jets and New York Islanders, and a member of the NFL Brain and Spine Committee. Dr. Hecht described the condition as a congenitally narrow spinal canal that is usually identified upon investigation of neck sprains, "stingers," or "burners." According to Dr. Hecht, approximately half of all NFL players will suffer a stinger at some point in their career. A stinger is a minor irritation to one of the nerve roots or brachial plexus that branch out from the spinal cord at the levels of various vertebrae.