After the leak became apparent, Kerr had a second surgery to repair the punctured dura on September 4th, 2015. While that surgery appeared successful, his symptoms came back.
Over the last year and a half, Kerr has tried many things including medicine, yoga, meditation, exercise, and marijuana, but has found no lasting relief.
Kerr's back pain started getting bad during the 2015 NBA Finals and caused him to miss the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season. He was able to come back and coach the remainder of of that season and the playoffs, but was still in pain. Kerr coached the entire 2016-17 regular season, but after the first 2 playoff games has been sidelined with pain until he was able to return to coach game 2 in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I can tell you if you're listening out there, if you have a back problem, stay away from surgery. I can say that from the bottom of my heart. Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don't let anybody get in there."
"No, as, of right now, I would not coach Thursday night. But it's still up in the air."
Then he paused.
"I'm still waiting for that 'Aha' [moment]," Kerr said, raising his arms to the sky as he and the group of reporters around him laughed. After a pause, he smiled and said, "It's coming."
- Poor pelvic alignment caused by weak, underused, and unstable pelvic muscles.
- Weak, overstretched, and un-facilitated spinal extensor muscles.
- Compressed spinal discs often leading to disc herniation or rupture
- Spinal disc degeneration
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet joint osteoarthritis