The Docs talk with a caller a hip replacement and radiation. They talk with a caller about knee pain and meniscus issues
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Mel Manning joins Dr. Souryal to ponder why doctors are not all the same, sound medical advice, patients as consumers, and a defense of ABBA. A Souryal Story explains why sometimes there isn’t a good choice in medicine, and why doctors’ judgement matters so much. Retired NBA player Shawn “the Matrix” Marion calls in to shoot the breeze about basketball, fatherhood, and life. Dr. Craig Garrison, director of sports medicine at Texas Health Ben Hogan Center in Fort Worth, gives his perspective on new regenerative techniques for hip and knee recovery.
A mother asks how to best manage her son’s first degree spondylolisthesis: core strength is key and hamstring stretching, as well as regular exams, are recommended. Dr. Manning suggests a systematic approach to treat a herniated disc in the neck, the doctors advise the next steps in differential diagnosis for a caller with shoulder pain that travels to his hand. A 35 year old with an AVN (avascular necrosis) diagnosis wants to know if hip replacement is his only option, another caller asks about exercise after a hip replacement, and a 16 year old has hip issues with “lightning bolt sensations”. A caller with a pinched nerve in his lower back wants to know the timeframe for his injury to heal.
“Le sens commun est fort rare”, so says Voltaire!
You ask, and Dr. Souryal answers, while musing about sports medicine, current events, nomenclature, and whatever else comes his way over two hours. A cross country runner thinks he might have shin splints, but the Doc hears clues that may indicate exertional compartment syndrome. A weightlifter plays “stump the Doc” with his degenerated tricep and nerve damage, but Dr. S has other ideas. A man with a strained lumbar asks what will help him, beyond his prescribed medication, to get back to playing basketball sooner. The second hour starts with talk of medicine as a vocation, then a question on how to treat plantar fasciitis. A 68 year old man is about to have a left knee replacement, but is concerned about the “pops” in his right knee, and wonders whether he should get both knees replaced at the same time.
Dr. Brad Bellard joins Dr. Souryal to shoot the breeze about the pros and cons of careers in medicine. It is a calling, a passion, and a very, very long road. A 57 year old basketball player with leg trouble and hip pain, wonders about his medication and preparation for a high altitude elk-hunt. And lastly, an OB-GYN continues the conversation about young people choosing medical careers and how to go in with their resumes in shape and their eyes wide open. It is a big commitment to be willing to help others and pay your dues. It is highly rewarding, but not all fun and games!