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Dr. Bray in the News About Work with NHL Star Tyler Johnson

Dr. Bray has been featured in two articles about his work with National Hockey League (NHL) star Tyler Johnson. These articles delved into how Dr. Bray was able to help get Tyler back on the ice performing at full capacity by conducting an Artificial Disc Replacement procedure.

Chicago Sun Times

The Chicago Sun Times, one of the largest newspapers in the country, featured an article about Tyler Johnson's journey through his debilitating neck pain, treatment at DISC, and recovery. The author of the article, Ben Pope, provides context about Artificial Disc Replacements and how the procedure has proved to be especially effective in getting professional athletes back in the game.

In the piece, Pope describes how Tyler made his decision, with the help of his agent Pat Brisson:

"...Johnson felt most comfortable with Bray — who had actually performed a different surgery on Brisson years before — after gathering the necessary range of medical opinions. Johnson credited Bray for making the options easy to understand, with no “mumbo-jumbo” included."

Ben Pope, Chicago Sun Times

Read the full article, "Pioneering ADR in the NHL" by clicking here.

Becker's Spine Review

Writer Alan Condon also covered Tyler Johnson's journey, though from a different perspective. In Becker's Spine Review, Condon discussed the history and evolution of spine treatment within the NHL:

"Historically when a player injured their neck, the only thing that was allowed was a spinal fusion, and there have been about a dozen fusions performed in active NHL players over the years," Dr. Bray told Becker's Spine Review. "They have a fairly good return, but not all of them returned to play."

Alan Condon, Becker's Spine Review

Further into the piece, Condon explains how successful Artificial Disc Replacements performed on NHL players will have lasting impact:

"This gets a lot bigger than just hockey. These procedures will be used as hallmark cases. They have set a precedent for high-intensity, contact athletes in pro leagues in the U.S. to be considered for disc replacement," Dr. Bray said. "It's also opening up the realm of a safe, alternative, biomechanically-proven procedure with great outcomes across high-level functioning athletes, and it's putting options on the patient's table that didn't exist before."

Alan Condon, Becker's Spine Review

Read the full article by clicking here.

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discmdgroup DISC Sports and Spine Center (DISC) is one of America’s foremost providers of minimally invasive spine procedures and advanced arthroscopic techniques. Our individually picked, highly specialized physicians apply both established and innovative solutions to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate their patients in a one-stop, multi-disciplinary setting. With a wide range of specialists under one roof, the result is an unmatched continuity of care with more efficiency, less stress for the patient, and a zero MRSA infection rate. Read more articles by discmdgroup.