Dr. Souryal, Dr. Blumenthal, and Dr. Bellard are on the air today. The Docs start the show talking about likable unlikeable athletes. They discuss the Cowboy’s latest games and the NFL injury problem. The Business of Sports Medicine is the next topic today. Klay Thompson injury. They talk with a caller about foot pain. They talk with a 74-year-old caller about losing muscle mass and testosterone. They talk with a caller about an older knee replacement and hip replacement. They discuss favorite Thanksgiving food and leftovers. College football,
Dr. Mel Manning is on with Dr. Souryal for the entire show, while Dr. Brad Bellard joins in later. The discussion starts with speculation about Chris Bosh’s health issues and what that means for his career, for the team medical staff, risk/reward equations, and so on. This is a perfect lead-in to our first call-in question of the day: how do blood thinners affect the physiology of blood, exactly? Well, Dr. Souryal can tell you!
A very athletic discus coach calls in about his knee pain after a pop while twisting. It could be a cartilage problem that needs further (qualified and quality) evaluation, then there’s a Jay Z story. The next caller was diagnosed with Hemochromatosis after a blood clot and gives a different perspective on the use of blood thinners.
The second hour starts with Sports Medicine 101 which covers top draft pick Jaylon Smith’s injury from a sports medicine/orthopedic angle. A high school coach asks about current thoughts on rehab protocol after ACL tears, and a little talk about stem cells wraps up this episode. In case you are wondering….Melbourne beats Sudan and Tokyo in the unofficial Texts from Afar competition!
Spring is in the air and the big topic is the NFL draft. Then Dr. Souryal gets right to the the popping phone lines to answer question after question. A 58 year old had surgery on his foot two months ago and asks the criteria for choosing a good rehab facility. There are many questions on rehab and pain relief and as always, getting a clear diagnosis before deciding on any treatment is Job #1. Forty five years after football injuries in college, a caller has questions about fusing joints to relieve his post traumatic arthritis. Another listener had a disc replacement in his neck but still has numbness in his fingers. He wonders if and when feeling may return. A very active man with two broken ankles is getting ankle fusions and also asks the differences between getting advice from an orthopedist or a podiatrist. A 35 year old driver may have an “-itis” of some sort. A 38 year old has had a second kneecap dislocation and lives with a lot of pain while he waits to decide on a surgery, so the doc gets a chance to describe the difference between pain management and stability issues. In the very last segment, Dr. Brad Bellard chimes in on which level of football he likes the best – NFL, collegiate, or high school? This may be contentious, or controversial!
What supplement can you take to get speedier? That’s legal, we mean! Do we believe in injury prevention programs? Dr. Souryal and Dr. Bellard get the ball rolling as they speak about issues brought up by texts. The Docs discuss the pros and cons of new procedures like hip arthroscopy as well as genetics, and the anatomical differences between boys and girls that impact ACL injuries. Football great Tony Hill, former Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver, “YAC’s” with the crew about retirement, exercise, the grass/astroturf divide, and the evolution of the NFL. Sports Medicine 101 covers ACL injuries and Dr. Souryal shares his thoughts on a somewhat new “bridge” technique for ACL reconstructions.
A caller from Dallas has an increasing disc protrusion with symptoms that are more and more painful and asks for options. A former football player has a similar neck injury and asks which exercises to embrace and to avoid for that and also for his knee problems. A high estimate for a hip replacement, without insurance, leads into a discussion of the broken healthcare system. Topics range from Sever’s Disease to scoliosis, sciatica, and end with hip problems. From Sudan to Stockholm to Arkansas, we webcast a wide net!