The whole gang is here for the start of our 15th season! Expert spinal surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal fields questions from an Army staff sergeant with back problems who plans to move on to another physically active career and is weighing a disc fusion versus a disc replacement operation. A discussion of what a Jones Fracture is and how to treat it follows. One caller has questions on the benefits of traction, then a concerned father calls about his athletic 16 year old son’s possible juvenile Scheuermann’s Disease.
Sports Specialist Dr. Brad Bellard comes in for the second half and talks about CTE (or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in the news and how it affects participation in youth football. A caller questions whether there is such a thing as “injury prone”, and the show wraps up with a question about the best exercises for apophysitis of the hip and pelvis in a 16 year old athlete.
Tune in to hear Doctor Souryal talk about how medical advances are impacting sports medicine, and what’s on the cutting edge in 2015. The Doc talks about platelet-rich plasma, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and the difference between good medicine and the business of medicine.
Five time Pro-Bowler and two time All-Pro Andre Gurode joins the show to talk about his football career, his advice for younger players, and who he thinks is going to win the Superbowl.
A listener calls in to ask about head injuries in sports other than football, and Doctor Souryal weighs in on why rugby players tend to get fewer concussions. Another asks whether flat feet can contribute to tendonitis in the knee. Others listeners call in with questions about returning to sports after an appendectomy, atrophying calf muscles, and types of rehabilitation after surgery.
Also on this show: what do moldy bread and willow bark have in common with platelet-rich plasma?