Dee Ford details comeback from back problems

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With most teams starting offseason conditioning programs yesterday, there were plenty of versions of players declaring themselves in the best shape of their lives.

But after Dee Ford‘s 2017 season, he might have had a strong case for it.

The Chiefs pass-rusher struggled with a back injury last year, and played just six games before he needed season-ending surgery. And he wasn’t afraid to talk about how painful it was for him.

Imagine your leg randomly going numb,” Ford said, via Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star. “That’s just what it was. And then when the feeling came back, it was pain.”

Ford said surgery was “the best thing” for him at the time, and said he expected to be 100 percent by the time training camp opens, whether that means he’s able to do much in OTAs or not. But he clearly wasn’t himself last year, after a 10-sack campaign in 2016, and playing through the pain may have made the problem worse at the time.

“It was frustrating, but it’s a lesson learned,” he said. “Players have a tendency to try to ride the wheels until they fall off. It really don’t work that way.”

Ford also has reason to get back on the field this year now that the problem is fixed, since he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract. That makes his return potentially very valuable, for the Chiefs and for his future finances.

3 responses to “Dee Ford details comeback from back problems

  1. I’ve never known anyone to come back 100% from back or neck surgery.

    I’ve known around 10 or so people and I’m not talking about Hospital for Special Surgery where the rich, famous and or informed go.

  2. backintheday99 says:
    I had back problems in my 20’s and people kept telling me you “don’t ever want to get back surgery” Based off of multiple uninformed opinions I spent 18 months of athletic rehab and went through countless bottles of vicodin based off of bad advice from people I listened to. I eventually opted for a lamenectomy to remove part of the L4/L5 disk that was compressing on the sciatic nerve. After four hours of surgery when I woke up with actual pain relief for the first time in years I knew I received toxic and uninformed advice from people like you that caused me a lot of unnecessary pain. It took a couple of weeks to walk right, a few more for full movement and a few more months for full athletic activity; but, 10 years later… I have no limitations.

    The reality is; ignoring the problem can cause much more long term problems than treating by surgery and giving ignorant medical advice is dangerous to peoples health.

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