Dr. Scott Blumenthal, world-renowned spinal surgeon, joins Dr Souryal to peel back the curtain on sports medicine. The Doctors discuss how they prepare themselves to perform surgeries and get over nerves, why Tennis Elbow is really a “gripping” injury, and much to do with hip fractures.
Legendary Larry Brown, current SMU basketball coach, has had a winning and diverse career spanning high school, collegiate, and professional levels on the court and on the sidelines. At 74, he is still going strong personally and career-wise despite hip replacements and many moves.
On the sometimes uncomfortable Business of Medicine segment, Dr. Souryal explains how keeping patient billing streamlined and a smaller staff helps control costs, while the current reliance on insurance company deals and arbitrary approvals can get between the patient and doctor and divert the best treatment plan.
Dr. Craig Garrison, director of Sports Medicine at the Texas Health Resources Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Center at Fort Worth joins the show in the second hour to talk about spinal rehab and core strengthening as both a post-op and preventative measure. The take-home message is that most people can avoid surgery through rehab and therapy.
Dr. Blumenthal and Dr. Souryal shed light on listeners’ questions about hip fractures, the good and the bad of Medicare, weightlifting and elbow pain, and the probable cause and recommended treatment of meniscus tears.