Posted March 24, 2014

Report: Tiger Woods Diagnosed With Bulging Back Disc, Doesn’t Need Surgery

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Tiger Woods grimaces after his tee shot on the 12th hole at Trump National Doral. (Credit: Getty Images)

Citing “someone with knowledge of his condition,” GolfWeek’s Jeff Rude reported that Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back, though he won’t require surgery.

It could have been much worse, the person said, because Woods doesn’t have the kind of herniated disk that likely would require an operation.

ESPN’s Bob Harig reported that Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, would not confirm the report in an email exchange.

“Nothing has changed since the announcement on Tuesday. He is resting and [we'll] evaluate in the coming days.”

Woods withdrew from the final round of the Honda Classic after 13 holes due to back pain, closed out the Cadillac Championship in visible discomfort en route to a 78 — a career-worst for the final round — and withdrew prior to the start of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, saying that the “back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.”

“It’s too early to know about the Masters,” said Woods in announcing his withdrawal on his website, “and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors.”

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64 comments
Torontogolfer
Torontogolfer

Geesh if I was dating Lindsey Vonn, I'd probably have a bulging disc as well. haha Wish him a speedy recovery. 

tommyrogo
tommyrogo

If this is true, at least he knows what is cause and what is treatment.  Unfortunately rest is going to be best treatment.  He will never never admit that this disk was caused from lifting (weights). 

The treatment he will get is the plan that will allow him to play in the Masters.  Whatever that is, pain meds, shot or other.

Buck2185
Buck2185

A different kind of bulge started his problems a few years ago, this one will finish the job. The POS can't leave golf soon enough....

ynu11fart
ynu11fart

You used to be the man but now you just an old fart looking for excuses 

uncleq00
uncleq00

This is an obvious public relation ploy to get sympathy and save him from embarrassment . 

Get some PED's that should take care of the problem and get you back to winning majors

swdendy
swdendy

without tiger woods playing, the games are lame.

tiger and phil nickelsin make the game in my opinion.

besides the bring the crowd in and the money.

so take it to the bank.

sincerly sonja wol;ff.

rluvpug1
rluvpug1

You could see his back was hurting, hope Tigers well enough to make the Masters, love watching him play.

HenryHoser
HenryHoser

A bulging disc is no joke - until you get it, you have no idea of the incapacitating pain it can cause. I had a bulging disk in my late 20's. When the swelling goes up, it is impossible to stand, and barely possible to roll out of bed. The only way I could get around is to crawl. Simply taking a piss or s*** was painful. You feel like a f***ing idiot - you are essentially perfectly healthy, but just a little pressure in the wrong spot completely incapacitates you.


I had some cortisone injections, but then it took months to be essentially normal. At first, it reactivated every few months, then every few years....now, I still have occasional numbness, but typically a Advil or two solves it.


Give the guy a break. A bulging disk is no cup of tea....

k7k7
k7k7

Does Internet anonymity make people nasty, or people are nasty and the anonymity brings them out. Calling Tiger a Loser,  behind a computer keyboard sounds weird.

Serge_Storms
Serge_Storms

Tiger has a bad back.  It's a problem but predicting his demise at this point is premature.  Give it some time, we'll see if he can recover or if this becomes a chronic problem.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

Great.   Now we are stuck watching him pantomime back pain every time he pushes a 5 iron into the woods.   Again ...comparing Jack to Tiger, Jack spent years rehabbing a messed up back and never once did the buckle and shriek in pain act that this sore loser does.   Now he has excuses for playing lousy and nowif he wins, it will be "after overcoming tremendous pain of a bulging disk"


Art9
Art9

His quest for records is over. Time for him to sit back and wait for the Champions Tour.

hoophousedan
hoophousedan

I don't see any indication that a bulging disc would cause back spasms. Just my 2 cents...

Steve Raznick
Steve Raznick

Why anyone cares about this loser is an amazing thing. Eldrich is the opposite of a man, a real lying jerk, as well as not terribly intelligent. Protected by so many corporate interests, the same ones that helped hide how Eldrich behave in reality. The always foul mouth, the philandering. 


This writer said years ago that he would remain a loser, this guy will never win another major tournament. The mantle will not be challenged by this loser.

Clip
Clip

The low back spasms that come via a bulging disc do suck. Hurts to cough, sneeze, or to even sit down without support. Until you can get the locked muscles to release the daily quality of life stinks. Even getting out of bed or trying to take a leak is a chore. I'm not a big TW fan but I feel for him and anyone who has to deal with bulging disc spasms. 

dankkkk
dankkkk

I believe that if he takes his head out of his rectum.. his back will feel better. Good bye and good riddens.

x72
x72

Poor Eldrick the coward coming up with excuses for his poor play.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Herniated discs don't need surgery. Lie flat for 1-3 days.

MrEightIron
MrEightIron

Apparently, Win McMurry could not be reached for comment.

JerrySickels
JerrySickels

Spinal decompression treatment works well for bulging discs

a.champagne
a.champagne

Until you have had to live with chronic back pain, especially caused by vertebrae damage, you can't imagine how painful it really is.  You can't stand, you can't sit, you can't lie down.  Pain meds can only go so far, and if the pain is shooting down your legs to your toes, it's just awful.
I see a spine specialist, a chiropractor and a pain specialist; I have injections and RF procedures to block the pain, but how Tiger, or anyone who twists their torso to do their job, can work is beyond me.  Every time you twist, you put pressure on that disc and consequently, the nerves, then the pain shoots out; the muscles in your back will start to spasm as well. Do this enough and the muscles get weak in places and you start to pop ribs too.
Don't judge; if you don't have this, be grateful.

JBub
JBub

I'm not a huge Tiger fan, but I always make a point to see him play when I go to tournaments. Call it history. However, I simply hate to see anyone suffer from back problems. If Tiger doesn't require surgery then we should all be thankful. Back surgery is always dicey, and for an athlete it could be career ending. As a sports fan, I do not want to see any athlete end a career because of injury. Tiger, feel better.

INVISABLE
INVISABLE

Buy an INVERSION flip exercise table. Works great. Then again I don't play golf anymore because of my bad back.  

avatar1234
avatar1234

If someone can get a message to Tiger, this might be helpful. There is a Doctor in Phoenix that advertises on TV a special kind of back pain relief. I do not know complete details, but it involves a small 1/2 to 1 inch incision at the base of spine and they go up through the vertabrae and can repair the disc with minimal invasion and great results as reported. It is done I think as a one day down time and up an around the next day.

Excalibur

bebarchick
bebarchick

Another non-statement on behalf of Tiger. 

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

Was that lower back bulging disk just under his belt line?  Did it bulge toward or away from the zipper?  Maybe the bulge was not part of the backbone.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

@HenryHoser  there is no way for me to confirm this, henry, but I'd bet 100 bucks Tiger is lying about his back.    Notice that in this story, his agent would not confirm his condition.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

@k7k7  depends on what you consider a loser to be.,Tiger was a philandering creep of a husband.,He spits and curses on national TV when things dont go his way.he fist pumps like a 10 year old playing Lasertag when they do go his way.    And I think he juiced during his prime.


So I weigh 14 majors and 80 something victories against the lousy person he has shown himself to be and I say...loser.


And yeah, its the anonymity of the keyboard but its the only forum I've got.

rockferd
rockferd

@hoophousedan  then you have never had a bulging or herniated disc. it is excruciating.  S1L5 is more than likely the worst. but they all have their own unique discomfort.

Thats a fact
Thats a fact

@hoophousedan - all you have to do is look it up - but fact is a buldging disc does cause back spams and worst it can easly become aherninated disc if one is not carefull - and i  say this from personal experience

macer
macer

@x72

x72,

I did not read that Tiger Woods was making back spasms an excuse for his poor play.  If I understand the article, Jeff Rude reported that Tiger has a bulging disc in his back that will not require surgery.  Tiger stated he withdrew from the Bay Hill Classic because of back spasms and was uncertain about playing the Masters. 

"Poor Eldrick the coward" won the 2008 U.S. Open with a broken leg, which this long time follower of golf does not think was cowardly.  x72, please state specific examples of Tiger being a coward?

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

@a.champagne  my sympathies a as I live in similar world.   But Tiger is faking.   I'd reach the guy a lot more if he just said "I'm struggling with my game.  My confidence...my putting.".


Medical excuses for getting old and losing a step are like medical notes from Mommy.

lucadra
lucadra

@The Computer Store Owner The fact that I have spinal issues is a moot point. But, as a retired Psychotherapist it has been my experience that when individuals make sly innuendos or negative comments, they are actually telling me about themselves!

macer
macer

@The Computer Store Owner

CSO,

Sorry to state the obvious, however, it is obvious that when it comes to Tiger Woods, you exhibit a complete lack of class, understanding, and empathy.

Furthermore,  a complete lack of class is clearly revealed by your sexual innuendos.

fhuf1988
fhuf1988

@HOFPufnstuf @k7k7  If you are talking about "Creeps," you are one!!!   Af far as "Spitting,"  this is why I don't watch baseball.  Those guys are always "Spitting" on the mounds and everywhere.  I don't know if they are chewing tobacco or "Snuff."  It makes me sick.   Whatever Tiger was doing while married, is none of your business!!!  He is not the only one who cheated on his wife.  Movie stars are cheaters; politicians are cheaters; and  most sport figures are cheaters.  By the way, President Roosevelt had several mistresses while married to Eleanor Roosevelt.   The Bible states that Solomon had 300 wives and 700 concubines.  "He who is perfect and without sin, cast the first stone."

JamesB
JamesB

@Steve Raznick @Clip  I think you meant "massage."  


On that note - if you're going to accuse someone of being "not terribly intelligent" you ought to be more careful in your comments.

Steve Raznick
Steve Raznick

@macer @x72 

Clearly stated above. By the way, any full grown male who continues to refer to himself by such a pathetically stupid name is truly weak. Tiger! What a joke. 

uncleq00
uncleq00

@macer the obvios is you're a communist and a secret police leader that is trying to supressed posts to protect your leader's 

The only person lack of class is your leader's and how empathy is he toward all those women.


Steve Raznick
Steve Raznick

@Aaron39 @macer@The Computer Store Owner

Nothing whatever with bringing a person down sport. And everything to do with looking at the facts. Like that lance armstrong loser. Some, guys like you will continue to defend a guy who is a loser. 

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