In sudden and dramatic fashion, Anderson Silva found himself hospitalized with severe back pain following a workout on Monday evening.
Silva, who was training at XGym in Rio de Janeiro, noticed severe back pain following his workout, collapsed to the floor in pain, and desperately revealed that he could no longer feel his legs. This continued for several minutes before he was placed on a stretcher and transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Following a variety of tests, including MRI, CT scans, and blood tests, it was confirmed that Silva had suffered a bout of lumbago, which is a pain in the lower back that impacts 40% of people at one point in their lives. He was eventually discharged on Tuesday morning.
Combate.com confirmed the news (via sportv.globo).
The dramatic turn on Monday will not impact the highly anticipated UFC 183 main event between Silva and Nick Diaz. According to the medical director of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), Silva’s lumbago is nothing to be alarmed about.
“It really was a shock,” Dr. Tannure said. “He felt a sharp pain because of contracture. It hurts a lot, really, but it will not change anything in terms of training. The problem he had justified the pain, but it will not result in a withdrawal or cancellation of the fight.”
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