Trauma doctor explains Luck’s injuries and recovery

Andrew Luck, Danny Trevathan
Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (12) is tackled by Denver Broncos' Danny Trevathan (59) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Colts announced Tuesday that Quarterback Andrew Luck has a “lacerated kidney” and a torn abdominal muscle.

It happened during the Broncos game on Sunday.

Luck’s recovery time is expected to be anywhere from two to six weeks.

During the fourth quarter of the game, Luck ran the ball and was tackled by two Broncos defenders.

“I’m sure he felt the pain right away, but I suspect that he’s a tough guy and played through it,” St. Vincent Hospital Medical Director of the Trauma Program Dr. Lewis Jacobson said.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Luck was in pain on Monday.

A medical scan showed a laceration to his kidney and a tear in his ab muscles.

“A laceration is a cut or a tear to the kidney,” Dr. Jacobson said.

Dr. Jacobson said it would have taken a lot of force to create the tear.

“The kidney is a fairly protected organ that sits behind the ribs in the back, so it would have to be just the right angle and the right amount of force to injure the kidney,” he said.

He said these usually only occur in car accidents and contact sports.

“A kidney injury is an uncommon injury, but we do see several sports related kidney injuries a year,” Dr. Jacobson said.

Dr Jacobson said there isn’t a treatment for the injury and that Luck will have to let his body heal itself. He also said that recovery time depends on the severity of the injury.

“The different grades of injuries (range) from relatively mild, which would have a short recovery time, to severe,” Dr. Jacobson said.

But he believes it’s important to not rush the player back into a game until he’s fully recovered.

“One of the risks is that while the kidney is healing a second blow would be more likely to re-injure the kidney,” Dr. Jacobson said.

The other part of Luck’s injury is a tear in his abdominal muscle.

Dr. Jacobson said that has its own time frame for recovery depending on how badly the muscle was injured.

At this point from what the team has released, that’s unclear.

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