The Docs talk with a caller a hip replacement and radiation. They talk with a caller about knee pain and meniscus issues
For the first time, sports medicine physician and athletic concussion specialist Dr. Brad Bellard joins Dr. Souryal for the whole show, which starts with some observations on Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo’s clavicle injury and ends with a discussion on how newer technologies have changed medicine over time.
Concussions are a theme in pro football news, in a new Will Smith movie, and throughout the first half of the show today. The doctors give a medical perspective on the risk-reward equation for injuries in pro and college sports, which leads to a caller who recounts his football playing youth in the seventies and how concussions were recognized, or not, at that time.
One caller asks what his lower back pain may be and who to go see about it, a rugby player wants to know how to avoid achilles ruptures, and a father asks about ligament healing after his son has an AC joint injury.
Bone is the only tissue that heals itself with itself. Sports Medicine 101 is all about fractures- including accurate terminology for types, severity, and how they heal. Is there a tendon we use only for climbing trees? Will a meniscus tear heal itself? The short answers are “no”, but Dr. Souryal has longer answers, too!
Listen to this podcast if you want to know why Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish is out for the season and faces a long recovery after undergoing surgery on his arm. Today’s Sports Medicine 101 segment is all about Tommy John surgery, or UCL reconstruction, which was named after and first performed on former LA Dodgers pitcher Tommy John in 1974. Tommy John’s operation didn’t go perfectly, yet miraculously, he was able to resume his fantastic pitching career. Then Dr. Craig Garrison, director of Sports Medicine at the Texas Health Ben Hogan Center, walks us through the yearlong rehabilitation process for UCL reconstruction.
Time flies as Dr. Souryal gets to as many questions as he can in just two hours. Many queries on this episode tie in to a theme: go get the right diagnosis before trying procedures or surgery. The first question of the day comes in by text about right lower back pain that won’t go away, then a caller asks about where to go for his probable “winging scapula” and subsequently, the Doc’s Newfie gets a dog groomer!
The next caller still has pain after many knee procedures and is at a loss for his next step, while similarly, a concerned husband describes his wife’s frozen shoulder and continued lower arm pain after several treatments without a clear diagnosis. Other callers include a weightlifter with an AC joint injury, a 55 year old with pain in both shoulders that may be neurological, and a 38 year old man with knee pain who is advised to ask about other options before rushing into surgery. At the end of the show, a future kinesiologist and former baseball player has some shoulder pain, but only on occasion. What to do? You guessed it: go get a diagnosis!