The Docs talk about Cryotherapy and the importance of stretching. They talk with a caller about hand numbness and possible carpal tunnel. They talk with another caller about spine surgery.
Today’s themes include: the holidays, of course, and DR. SOURYAL IS NOT RETIRED; he is busier than ever! Confident and competent Doctors Bellard and Souryal get right on the phone calls, starting with a man who cannot lift his arm above shoulder height, a 65 year old Silver Sneakers card recipient who wonders what his a positional click and pain while swimming could indicate, and a father asking about the downsides of delaying an MRI for his 16 year old daughter after her martial arts injury.
A runner has foot pain after a steroid shot and discovers the shot may not have treated the real problem, which leads to a long discussion about pro players with similar injuries. Another caller has two torn rotator cuffs and asks if they can still be repaired five years later, then there are questions about the efficacy of surgeries for hip labral tears. Amy Goddard, physical therapist at GO Sports Therapy is on late in the show to discuss the modalities she uses to give her clients high-quality care. The benefits of cryotherapy and hyperbaric therapy on healing after an injury or post-op are explained, there is a text from far off cocoa drinkers, and the usual scuttlebutt is exchanged. Fa la la la la to you!
Big news for Dr. Souryal- he just stepped down as team physician for the Dallas Mavericks after a 22 year ride! However, he continues his day job as an orthopedic surgeon and weekend gig as radio host extraordinaire, so keep tuning in! Dr. Brad Bellard joins Dr. Souryal to discuss the “ins and outs” of being sports medicine doctors- from treating routine ailments to solving medical puzzles and one-offs, and so much more.
Questions roll in by phone and text. A 49 year old body builder has a bad rotator cuff tear and wonders how long it will take to recover. A listener asks what are the “favorite” injuries to diagnose and treat. A mother questions her toddler’s tibia injury and limp. A power lifter has questions about sports hernias, groin pain, and cryotherapy. A 65 year old still has pain years after knee surgery and questions his current step exercises and next step medically. A 61 year old would like to know all the treatment options for a shredded peroneal tendon. A 57 year old asks about alternatives to surgery for his multiple shoulder problems. The show ends with both doctors weighing in on a family dispute about rheumatoid arthritis and chiropractor treatments.
Congratulations on an amazing career, Dr. Souryal. More to come!
Dr. T.O. Souryal is joined by talented spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal and the ideal sports medicine specialist, Dr. Brad Bellard. All bring their wisdom and cool factor to today’s episode! The Docs start off responding to a call about a possible bruised tailbone and anatomic variations. This leads into a discussion of the hope or hype of new procedures or fads such as kinesio tape, trendy stem cell treatment, and cryotherapy.
The Sports Medicine 101 topic at the top of the hour is the classic medical terms or symptoms, like chest pains and headaches, that immediately get the attention of medical professionals and may signal a serious condition.
Calls continue to come in about an evolving diagnosis after a slip on spilled water, an active 33 year old with a popped knee/subluxation and a caller with spinal stenosis, another wants to know if a spinal fusion can be reversed. The last caller is a runner with a sacroiliac problem who has to sort out medical advice that doesn’t match up and treatment that has gone on way too long.
Dr. Souryal is getting ready for summer – spinning some Beach Boys tunes and hanging with his friends Mel and Brad. Lucky for us, his friends happen to be exceptional sports medicine specialists Dr. Mel Manning and Dr. Brad Bellard. Chiropractic care, cryotherapy, endorphin highs and “squirrelly” runners, as well as the important difference between “swag” and “shwag” are discussed.
The show starts with a miracle story of a longterm deficiency that was easily managed, once a certain doctor asked the right questions and kept digging to find a new and better solution to her patient’s problem. At the halfway mark, Sports Medicine 101 covers a rare, and advanced, topic: Rhabdomyolysis, which is an excessive breakdown of muscle tissue that can lead to hospitalization and even dialysis.
As always, information and entertainment are at the heart of the show, and the three doctors shed some light on various medical puzzles from listeners. A father is curious whether his daughter’s noisy, yet pain-free knees can indicate a problem, something doesn’t add up for a caller with a degenerative spinal condition, and a runner needs to consult a cardiologist for his heart irregularity. One caller describes knife-like pain after spinal surgery, another has had multiple SLAP tears and wonders what’s up now and where did that old anchor go? A 30 year old runner has had pain and a pop in his left knee for the last month, another aging and tall 30 year old asks for advice on how to restart his exercise routine in a wise way. A former patient of Dr. Souryal ends the show on a high note when he calls to thank the Doc for the excellent care he has given. The doctors agree: this is why we do what we do.
Today Dr. Souryal starts with an observation (not a rant!) to his loyal listeners. Most doctors care deeply about building strong relationships with their patients, but in this era of new medicine that relationship is devalued and the results suffer. Some reoccurring themes are that doctors are not interchangeable, not all MRI’s are the same, and not every surgeon can do the same surgery as well as the next, so informed consumers better shop around.
Renowned plastic surgeon and consultant to the Mavericks, Dr. Bill Adams comes on to discuss facial fractures for both cosmetic and functional issues, some eye-opening surgical techniques that may make you faint, protective plates and masks, and nasal fractures. Dr. Craig Garrison returns to talk about the importance of recovery after workouts to prevent fatigue and injuries. He recommends some methods such as hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, describes “active rest”, and discusses time guidelines between intense bouts of activity.
Starting off with a unique call, Dr. Souryal is asked for his thoughts on prescribing marijuana to relieve pain in professional sports. A high school coach asks how to determine the severity of his players’ injuries on the field. A 63 year old racquetball player says his pulled muscles are taking away his competitive edge. A caller with a possible hernia or abdominal strain should get to his doctor for a hands-on diagnosis, a father of 15 year old football player asks if there are there alternatives to surgery for a torn labrum, and a caller with longterm knee pain needs a diagnosis and an updated MRI. Questions via text include: can a nose broken twenty years ago still be fixed and are there any good websites for checking how your doctor is rated?
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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!
The show opens with a discussion the Shane Morris concussion, communication on the sidelines, and how to prevent injured players from going back out on the field.
Tony Hill joins the show to talk about his time at Stanford and with the Cowboys, and the life of a student athlete. Doctor Craig Garrison comes on to talk about sideline evaluations and answer a few questions.
The Doc gives his take on the Ebola outbreak, and what electronic medical records have to do with the case in Dallas.
Listeners call in with questions about ankle injuries, the amount of pressure that would cause a compound fracture to the arm, pain relief after spinal fusion, cryotherapy, and more.