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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jakubauskas' vertigo treated

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

By Dejan Kovecevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Chris Jakubauskas, the Pirates' pitcher struck in the head by a line drive April 24, was treated for positional vertigo Monday at Allegheny General Hospital.

Doctors there performed a non-invasive procedure in which a mechanism was pressed against the back of the head -- near the inner ear -- for about 10 minutes, while the head was moved in various directions. When it was done, as Jakubauskas recalled, the significant balance issues that had mounted over the weekend were gone.

"Really, like 20 minutes later, I was walking out of there feeling just fine," Jakubauskas said. "Basically, what they tried to do was jar some things loose and have it all fall back in place where it's supposed to be. It made a huge difference."

The setback over the weekend was Jakubauskas' first of significance since being felled by Lance Berkman's liner in Houston. His concussion symptoms have been limited -- few headaches and little nausea -- to the dizziness.

The procedure Monday, recommended by Dr. Edward Snell, one of the Pirates' physicians, had a positive enough impact that Jakubauskas today will try to ride the stationary bike and other activities.

There is no timetable for a return to the mound, but Jakubauskas sounded eager for that.

"I'm not a patient person," he said. "I don't like being in the clubhouse when the game is going on. I don't like being away from pitching. But I also understand that I don't have a choice with this."

He credited outfielder Ryan Church, who had two concussions earlier in his career, with helping.

"If I go to Ryan and talk about positional vertigo, he can say, 'Yeah, that's normal,' and describe how he felt. That's meant a lot to me."

 

 

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