The Docs discuss athlete trainers, ankle sprains
Tag: ankle sprains
Renowned spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal joins Dr. Souryal once again for intense discussions on bullfights, how post-game treatment has changed over time, who belongs on the figurative “Mount Rushmore” of sports history, and more. First off, a caller with repeated ankle sprains wonders why his ankle doesn’t hurt as much as it did the first time he rolled it and also what the lasting effects may be, then a basketball player with severe chondromalacia in both knees asks what kind of PT he can do at home.
The second hour starts with a Souryal Story of a surgery gone wrong which leads to the take-home lesson for us educated consumers: ask a lot of questions and always do your homework before getting any surgery or choosing a surgeon.
Dr. Souryal explains why squats and lunges are great for quads and not so great for a 73 year old recovering from meniscus surgery, why in general stairs are not good exercise for knees, and discusses the ideal range of motion for shoulder dips with a former gymnast. Finally, Dr. Blumenthal gets an upper back question, then a caller has a pain that comes and goes in his lower thoracic area, and more texts roll in as the sports medicine answers roll out.
It is not uncommon for golfers to have bad backs due to the torque and force required in the game. Dr. Souryal and spine specialist Dr. Blumenthal start off talking about the case of a young golfer with a herniated disc. Dr. Souryal covers micro fracture surgery in Sports Medicine 101, while In the News, the NFL Patriots’ team doctor is put into an awkward position between team interests versus those of an individual player, with $3.5 million hanging in the balance.
Eric Rauscher managing director of CryoUSA, the incubator and leader for Whole Body Cryotherapy research in the USA, speaks about the benefits not just for athletes, but for all types of active men and women. Check out www.CryoUSA.com or look for CryoUSA on Facebook.
The first caller asks about a stress fracture in his foot that hasn’t healed in over six months. Does a herniated disc ever really heal without surgery? Dr. Blumenthal answers that not every herniated disc will require surgery; time and other treatments can help manage the symptoms. To brace or not to brace? A father calls in to get Dr. Blumenthal’s take on the treatment for his gymnast daughter’s L4/L5 stress fracture. Some differences around joint degradation, osteo arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are explained. The doctors hold forth on the current use of bone stimulators, ankle sprains, cartilage regeneration from stem cells, wrist pain, and going nuts about nuts on a plane.
Next week, Mavericks’ owner and Shark in his own right, Mark Cuban will be a guest. Tell your friends!