Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Returns to the Court for the NBA Finals

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It was a great night for the NBA, players, staff and fans of Steve Kerr and the of the Golden State Warriors and it began before the game even started.

Golden States head coach Steve Kerr returned to the court for the 2nd game of the 2017 NBA Finals. Kerr, who has been battling a series of debilitating back issues was welcomed on his home court with an explosive applause from both Golden State and Cleveland.

Steve Kerr’s Back Issues:

Kerr who was named head coach of the Golden State Warriors in May, 2014, announced after the first two days of Warriors 2017 training camp that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence to focus on and rehabilitate his back.

The former Chicago Bulls point guard Kerr underwent back surgery to fix a ruptured disc in his spine during the off season.

Shortly after his initial announcement, Kerr revealed that he was experiencing symptoms from a (CSF) spinal fluid leak that occurred after his back surgery in 2015.

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is a condition that occurs when there is a tear or hole in the membranes surrounding the brain or spinal cord.

He issued a statement saying:

“I had a spinal fluid leak during the first surgery,” he told the media Sunday at the Warriors’ practice facility. “It’s very rare, it does happen occasionally, but it happens when there’s an accidental nick of the dura that surrounds the spinal cord. But I lost spinal fluid, took about a month to figure out what was going on, a lot of headaches, some other symptoms.”

After the leak became apparent, Kerr had an additional surgery Sept. 4 to repair the issue.

“The leak is fixed, but still getting some symptoms, but that’s why I’m out,” he said.

Kerr said he is feeling better.

“I wanted to just tell you guys what I’m going through, what’s happened. Because I think there’s kind of a gray area, people wondering what’s going on,” he said.

However, he would not put a definitive timetable on when he’ll return to coaching the defending NBA champions.

“It’s a matter of your body sort of recalibrating,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s not like a sprained ankle, one to two weeks. There’s no telling. It’s a little bit open-ended, but everyone’s confident I’m going to be fine. That’s where I am. I’m not going to be put a timetable on when I’m going to come back.”

Causes and Risk Factors

Some CSF leaks occur spontaneously and the cause is unknown, while others are a result of trauma such as a head injury, brain or spinal surgery, an epidural, a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) or skull base tumor.

Patients with high-pressure hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid, also may be at an increased risk of developing leaks.

The most common symptoms of a spinal CSF leak are:

  • Positional headaches, which feel worse when sitting upright and better when lying down, caused by intracranial hypotension
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Change in hearing (muffled, ringing in the ears)
  • Sense of imbalance
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Phonophobia (sensitivity to sound)
  • Pain between the shoulder blades

 

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