Amateur Skateboarder Continues to Pursue his Passion

Auttiesh DangerAuttiesh – Lower Back Contusion

One of the area’s top skateboarders, Auttiesh Danger lives up to his name. Nothing gets in his way—not even a serious back injury.

At age 20, Danger remembers, “I was skating gap and grind, and when I went up on the ledge, my feet slipped and I hit the ground—right on my back. I saw purple and red spots swirling around me, and I was paralyzed.”

On Danger’s injury, Matt Axtman, DO, with Spectrum Health Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine states, “Lower back injuries are a big risk factor in extreme sports. If you sustain an injury and your pain doesn’t resolve itself in one or two days, you need to be seen by a physician for a full evaluation. Injuries like Auttiesh Danger’s can cause a lot of changes in muscles around the lower back and pelvis area that can cause chronic and disabling pain if not treated properly.”

“I was told I had a lower back contusion,” Danger says. “It was the worst thing I’d ever gone through. You don’t realize how important your spinal cord is to all your movement until it’s injured. It took me about three months to get back on the board and a few more months before I really felt comfortable.”

Danger followed all the directions for rehabilitative exercises and, little by little, his body regained its strength and agility, allowing him to continue to pursue his passion. When someone asks for a health care recommendation, especially for sports injuries, Danger points to Spectrum Health Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

“I always recommend Spectrum Health,” he says. “They really take care of you. They build a bond with you.”

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