He consulted a neurosurgeon on Monday, after he suffered a severe neck spasm and was consequently was withdrawn from the past weekend’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Lions at Newlands.
The intense spasm in his neck flared up at last Friday’s captain’s run and afterwards a MRI scan showed a bulging disc at a C5 level.
However, following the consultation with a neurosurgeon on Monday, the prognosis was positive ahead of the upcoming Vodacom Super Rugby play-offs, with the DHL Stormers set to host either a quarter- or semifinal in the coming weeks.
DHL Stormers team doctor, Dr Jason Suter, explained: “Duane Vermeulen saw a neurosurgeon on Monday and the neurosurgeon has given us the positive feedback that he continues to improve and that he still shows no signs of specific nerve root irritation.
“After reviewing the MRI with his radiology colleagues, the neurosurgeon is confident that the disc bulge is old and has not changed from previous scans, and is not the cause of the severe spasm. He has recommended no surgical management and Duane will undergo extensive physiotherapy over the next ten days.
“The neurosurgeon has also indicated that there is no risk of exacerbating the injury and feels that Duane will be able to play in the Super Rugby play-offs.
“The DHL Stormers medical team will continue to manage him, and he will obtain a second neurosurgical opinion on Tuesday to ensure he is given all possible input to his injury and its management.”