The Docs talk about ACL tears in hockey players.
The Docs talk about ACL tears in hockey players.
There are so many great questions for just the right doctors to answer! A restaurant manager asks why MCL and ACL injuries heal and don’t heal. A 53 year old bowler’s knee pop hurts more when he’s sitting down than when he’s walking- does he need an x-ray or an MRI? Spine specialist Dr. Scott Blumenthal explains the common course of back spasms, what to do about them and when to do it, including ice or heat. A cyclist was hit by a motorist and after surgery has back pain and a shorter leg. Would a lift be helpful? Another caller wonders if he should investigate his sternum pop more deeply. An offhand remark about an ACL replacement leads Dr. Souryal to explain the real deal with allografts. A caller has back pain and also groin pain. Are they related? A basketball player has a dislocated toe and wonders about his limited range of motion. A weightlifter has an elbow issue, a runner has Metatarsalgia, and another weightlifter has a lump on his arm after a car accident and needs to know if lifting will damage it more.
The debate about who may be the most globally recognized, or highly paid, name in sports continues and the show wraps up with a few observations on the Olympics. Right up my alley!
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!
Dr. Scott Blumenthal, world-renowned spine surgeon, joins Dr. T.O. Souryal and his merry crew for this week’s sports medicine call-in show. The doctors discuss the psychology of sports, the many “two types” of people, why it takes so long to get discharged from a hospital, the pros and cons of long sleepless shifts for doctors in training, and more.
Vertigo may not be a primary complaint in sports medicine, but sure can complicate your game, as pro golfer Jason Day can attest. Dr. Neil Williams, Ear Nose and Throat specialist, shares his insights on the common sensation and symptom of vertigo.
The calls keep coming. In the first hour, a marathon runner and cyclist has sharp pains in his ankle/calf that could be a stress fracture or achilles injury, and a father asks for a clear explanation of chronic tendonitis or tendonosis. The doctors question whether a “twisted hip” is the right or even a real diagnosis for one woman, and discuss whether regular use of an inversion table could be healthy for spines.
In the second hour, the conversation starts on the Hope or Hype of PRP and Stem Cell treatments, then an active lawyer has some longterm collarbone issues he attributes to asymmetry, and the son of an 89 year old with cervical stenosis has questions about surgery that aims relieve his Dad’s weakness and inability to walk. The next caller asks if treating his dislocated shoulder could have affected, or even cured, his digestive problems, and a 58 year old is weighing all his options on treating his knee troubles before the last resort: a knee replacement.
Who are you? Who, who, who, who? Who are the current global athletes or which sports names are recognized around the world by people of all ages? Global spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal joins Dr. Souryal and his crew to ponder this, sports medicine, current events, “Souryal-isms”, eponyms, drug naming, and more.
The queries start with a 60 year old who wants to know how to start to get back in shape after having no regular exercise for a while. Then a 50 year old long distance runner may have a meniscus rather than an MCL injury but wants to know if he can run on it while it heals, a basketball player with a healed MCL injury now has some hip trouble, and a biker/runner has no pain but a funny bone-on-bone feeling at times.
A Souryal Story about a patient who refused to pay his co-pay leads into The Business of Medicine segment about understanding insurance and provider policies. Then the questions continue from a dirt bike rider with some arm pain three years after an injury, a soldier who has a complicated “tics and fleas” issue that needs diagnoses, a retiree has disc problems and radiating pain, a father asking how long his son’s Osgood-Schlatter pain may last, and the final caller describes the shoulder instability that runs strong his family, but there may be ways the next generation can avoid this curse.