Senators' Spezza: back surgery was only option

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 08, 2013

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 30: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators looks on against the Montreal Canadiens during a game at Scotiabank Place on January 30, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza said having back surgery for a herniated disk was the only way he was going to feel better. ''It was really bad,'' he said. ''It got to the point where there was no way I was going to be able to play, so it makes it frustrating. ''But there wasn't really an option once we got down to it.'' The 29-year-old says that once the pain started he struggled to find any relief, and things finally culminated in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 27. ''I started to feel it a little bit toward the end of training camp and the start of the season and then it got out of control probably after the second game of the season,'' Spezza said. ''It got worse and worse and halfway through the Pittsburgh game I lost strength in my leg and got real bad numbness and halfway through the game I pretty much knew I'd have to see someone.'' For Spezza, who says he felt almost instant relief following the surgery, back issues are nothing new. He had surgery following the 2006 season, but continued to miss games the following year due to recurring back pain. He has always had to be cognizant of the issue and undergo ongoing treatment to deal with flare-ups. ''I do play hockey for a living and it's not easy on the body, but the goal is to strengthen it and have it fixed and not be an issue moving forward. If there's a doctor out there who can give me that guarantee, or I can give you that guarantee I'd love to have it.'' Spezza didn't want to commit to a return date, but he hopes to return before the end of the season. ''You always aim to push your rehab and you can be a little more aggressive with things, but (Gerry Townend, the head athletic therapist) already talked to me about making sure that we're doing things right and not getting too carried away,'' Spezza said. ''The goal is to get back by the end of the season and to hopefully help us to the end of the year and the playoffs.'' The first couple of weeks following surgery are a rest and recovery period and then if things look good, Spezza should be able to start with his rehab late next week. Despite having two surgeries, Spezza remains hopeful that this won't be an ongoing problem, and more importantly, a detriment to the longevity of his career. ''Going forward it's definitely going to be a focus for me. When I plan my summer training, when I do my workouts and when I'm practicing, I have to take it into consideration. ''But there's been a lot of guys who have played with back problems and gotten over it, so I'm hoping to be one of those guys.'' Notes: The Senators reassigned D Mark Borowiecki to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. ... G Craig Anderson was given the day off to rest, but Senators coach Paul MacLean didn't rule out giving Ben Bishop the start Saturday afternoon against the visiting Winnipeg Jets. ... Anderson has played the past seven straight, while Bishop has made just one start this season, a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton

Top eight takeaways from NFL Honors awards

Report: Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker