Popular segments are back, starting off with The Business of Medicine on the topic of cringe-worthy medical bills and a reminder for patients to look past the sticker shock to their own premium, deductibles, and copays. A Souryal Story about an ACL patient leads to a discussion about differing rehab protocols between surgeons and physical therapists with sports specialist Dr. Craig Garrison. At the top of the hour, Sports Medicine 101 covers cortisol and cortisone derivatives as anti-inflammatories that can be curative, or prematurely age joints if overused.
The calls start with a Navy veteran thanking the Doc for directing him to get an MRI and the questions keep coming fast and furious by phone, email, and texts. A college runner has pins and needles while running distance, a firefighter has outer knee pain but only when sprinting, and full range of motion has not yet returned for one caller eight weeks after ACL and meniscus surgery. There are several calls about rolled ankles and The Doc explains all about stability issues, even that clunky unfashionable shoes may give the best support.
There are questions about back pain, an arthritic shoulder, a strained quad, another asymmetric quad after a tendon repair, a weird foot sensation, and what a a dip or iron cross may be. You may even find out where to get a tasty bacon margarita.