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Gordon to battle the pain

Before practice on Friday, Jeff Gordon said a recent MRI has brought him closer to an accurate diagnosis and treatment of the chronic back pain that has plagued him this season.

"There's a little bit of arthritis, which is not totally unnatural, but there's also some other things that come up from what they can understand (to be) trauma from a crash, or maybe just years of beating it up," Gordon said. "I've got some experts that are giving me all the best scenarios, and when I know more, I'll let you guys know."

In the interim, Gordon will drive with pain at Richmond.

"This will be a tough weekend because of the G-forces and the braking that you use here and the long runs that you have here," he said. "It will be tough on my back. We'll just have to fight through it."

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News


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Joan S - Unregistered

May 04, 2009 1:40 PM

Where exactly does he have the pain in his back? I know there is no diagnosis yet but does anyone know where the injury is? As an RN with severe back injuries, I was just wondering. I can certainly empathize and Kudos for him 'suffering' through it. I am not a huge fan but he keeps plugging through (and the money does not hurt, I am sure). I suppose it is getting harder and harder to pick up and hold sweet Ella as much as possible. :? Good for you guy!



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