Neurosurgeon Weighs In On Sidney’s Situation

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Dr. Jack Wilberger is not Sidney Crosby’s doctor and he’s not even sure what symptoms Sid is having.

But Wilberger says the fact that Sid is having any symptoms eight months after his concussion is a major concern.

“The level of concern increases with each month that it continues to bother him,” Wilberger, chairman of neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital, said.

Crosby did not return for the remainder of the season, and while the expectation is that he’ll be ready for the start of this season — there is some question that he won’t be.

“It concerned me that it went on for the entire rest of the season which was three months or four months past early January – it’s even more concerning now,” Dr. Wilberger said.

Pens General Manager Ray Shero reiterated today that Sid has shown good improvement over the summer — has worked out strenuously — and has not had to cut back on those workouts.

Throughout this ordeal, the team has said it would err on the side of caution when it came to his return.

“He’s not going to be pushed to come back to practice or play and, you know, I want to make sure a year from now, three years from now, five years from now that he’s still the best player in the league,” Shero said.

Still, Dr. Wilberger says it’s crucial that the symptoms go away within the next few months.

“As a general rule, the longer something like this is drawn out, the less likely it is going to completely resolve,” he said.

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  • Huh?

    Too bad the KD Investigators just picked some doctor from AGH and not the doctor who is treating Sid……….

    • Brandon

      Some guy?! Do some research before you talk man. This Dr. performed my brain surgery in november of ’07 and is one of the best brain surgeons in the US. Don’t just assume things. just because he’s not SID’s doctor doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s going through or how to treat it.

  • FAN

    Owell Sid grab a bottle of tylenol and retire!!!! Quit wasting the pens cash!!!! Go hang out with Big Ben and learn some of his secrets!

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