Evgenia Medvedeva’s back injury update

Evgenia Medvedeva at the 2018 Winter Olympics (Photo by Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty Images)

Russian news agency TASS reports that two separate sources have informed them that Evgenia Medvedeva has a pinched nerve in her spine. A surgery is not needed at this time.

The two-time World champion has been diagnosed with a pinched nerve between two vertebrae in her back. Medvedeva currently does exercise therapy, swims, undergoes physiotherapy – all things that should lead to a full recovery, without any surgical intervention.

An exact recovery timeline is unknown but the 20-year-old athlete is expected to return to the ice for training on Thursday.

The director of Sambo-70, Renat Laishev, confirmed the information by saying, “Yes, she has a pinched nerve. She is being treated, but, in spite of everything, she is eager to fight, intends to train and perform further. A fighter, an example to follow, a real person, a patriot of her country, her school. Not only the school administration, but also the students of Sambo-70, everyone with whom she studied here, hold their fists for her and want her to be alright, sincerely wish her health.”

A pinched nerve is a compression on a nerve and can be caused by repetitive motions or from holding a body in an unnatural position for prolonged periods of time. Usually, people suffering from this issue take anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling. Physiotherapy is a treatment that stretches out the body and strengthens muscles around the area; surgery is only needed in the most severe cases.

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