Dr. Robert Watkins consults with baseball All-Star on rare spine condition

Carly Behm -  

Los Angeles Angels All-Star center fielder Mike Trout was seen by Robert Watkins III, MD, for a rare spine condition, MLB.com reported July 31.

Mr. Trout was diagnosed with a costovertebral dysfunction in his back, a rare injury for baseball players, but other athletes have recovered from the surgery, according to the report. 

After his July 28 visit with Dr. Watkins, the nine-time All-Star said he's ready to begin rotational exercises, a step that could pave the way for his return later this season.

"The doctor (Robert Watkins III), who is one of the most well-known spine surgeons in the country — if not the world — doesn't see a lot of these," athletic trainer Mike Forstad told ESPN in a July 27 report.

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