The Doctors discuss sports medicine 101: high ankle sprain
Tag: high ankle sprain
Hard to believe he’s gone. Legend David Bowie has passed and in tribute, provides the background tunes to this week’s show. Dr. Souryal, as usual, has so many good topics to get through. Roethlisberger’s and Romo’s shoulder injuries are explained in depth, along with the real reason for wearing shoulder pads. Teaching “rugby-style” tackling techniques at all levels could be good news for preventing concussions and aims to make football safer. The difference between an ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain is explained, at last, in Sports Medicine 101.
The text machine is going crazy bananas as a record number of questions and comments flow in and the phone lines are hopping, too. The first caller has questions about rehab for shoulder and knee surgery with just a week in between. How can he go about rehab for each at the same time? A high school coach has had both knees replaced and has lots of “static electricity“ pain two years later and a swollen foot. What now? An active flat-footed man has grade 3 ankle problems and asks if there is any alternative to the major reconstructive surgery that is recommended for him. A boxer gets a sharp stabbing shoulder pain while throwing a left jab that points to joint instability.
A youth football coach calls to weigh in on new Heads Up Tackling techniques. It is a good thing! Another PeeWee coach chimes in about still more benefits, including building confidence. The consensus: football needs this.
Football players are bigger and faster and stronger than ever- and the rate and severity of injuries has increased too. What are the effects when athletes train too much, build muscle mass, and slam into each other? Well, the people in the sports medicine field are keeping pretty darn busy, for one thing! Our themes today include over exercising, awesome vs. gruesome, knees, knees, knees and how far will you go to be able to throw an apple really hard? As usual, Dr. Souryal has answers for all callers’ questions.
The first has had a SLAP repair and would like to know his recovery outlook. A father asks how much is too much training for his ten year old son and how on earth to stop him from overdoing exercise? How long after a fifth metatarsal break can you consider it fully healed and resume all activity? Dr. Souryal clarifies the roles “unloading braces” and custom prosthetics play in knee replacements. A football coach weighs in on gruesome injuries and multiple surgeries, then a former college football player who had an LCL tear, replacement, and high tibia osteotomy calls to say that his intense short term pain did result in longterm gain for him.
In the second half, sports specialist Dr. Brad Bellard adds his two cents about weighty young athletes and the pressure to perform. The conversation on the art of diagnosis, outcomes, and even medical coding continues.
What’s up with Calvin Johnson’s ankle? and how about RG3? The ankle is a very forgiving joint, except when it is not. A rolled ankle can heal well and quickly, but some ankle injuries take more time to repair and ligaments may stay stretched, weakened, and prone to re-injury.
Dr. Souryal shares what it is like in the operating room and the importance of the pre-operative visit. He veers from his sports medicine specialty to give some worried parents some direction. Fortunately, injured youngsters often heal quickly and the very young can have an amazing capacity to remodel their bones in a way that adults cannot.
An ACL tear is a common sports injury and the most common age to have ACL surgery is just sixteen. Dr. Souryal explains why these days cadavers play a valuable role in ACL reconstruction for older adults, but may not be an ideal source of grafting tissue for young athletes.
Callers ask questions about recovery from knee replacements, bone bruises, and using knee braces to prevent injuries on the football field.