The Journal News - Dr. Andrew Hecht: "Tennis: Robert Levine's Back Injury, Talent Both Hard to Find"

 – October 5, 2013  –– 

Fifteen-year old Robert Levine, a 2010 United States Tennis Association National Championships boys' singles champion, started experiencing spinal pain in April of 2011. The first doctor he visited left him with a stress reaction; the second doctor he consulted, Andrew Hecht, MD, Co-chief of Spine Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, saved his career. He suffered from a rare injury, interspinous ligament avulsion, on which Dr. Hecht wrote a paper. "There are only like four cases in the world's literature on this," commented Dr. Hecht. Learn more