The Doctors talk with a caller about a shoulder injury, previous meniscus injury.
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!
Dr. Brad Bellard joins Dr. Souryal to discuss the dope on doping, the beginning of the end for modern Olympics, and big themes in managing pain and what ails you (and them). A sixteen year old competitive martial artist had ACL surgery and her father wants to know the timeline or “test” for her to return to training and competition. There is talk of Jaylon Ramsey’s meniscus tear and how his course of treatment will be decided.
Dr. B holds forth on The Bobble Effect in youth soccer and new rules aimed to prevent concussions, then a Phd student calls in with some truly educated observations: he happens to be studying exactly that! A caller with a torn meniscus asks for more thoughts on surgery versus “wait and see”, and is schooled on managing pain versus healing it. Similarly, a construction worker wants to avoid surgery and asks about the issue of pain management for his ruptured disc.
The show wraps up with the concept that has been weaving through the whole episode: pain management for conditions you may just decide to live with, as a fellow doc calls in to weigh in about the bad rap back surgery gets, and the options for Dr. B’s complaints.
You get your money’s worth this episode as Dr. Scott Blumenthal and Dr. Brad Bellard join Dr. T.O. Souryal for an entire episode of your favorite sports medicine radio show for the same price! Free, that is. Of course, they don’t keep strictly to sports and medicine… they might talk about date night, or p’s and q’s, news from the CDC, chronic pain management, black swans and white swans, skiing and skating, locker room talk and so on. They may digress, but in a completely informative and entertaining way.
Our first caller has continued back pain and asks whether it may be connected to his already-diagnosed degenerative disc disease. A 64 year old wonders what to do about sciatica that keeps him awake too much. The popular, and uncomfortable, Business of Medicine segment covers some disturbing trends. Then a hockey player has a deep contusion on one thigh, but the other knee swelled up. Another caller asks about the difference between anabolic steroids and cortisone shots in a joint, and a weekend warrior pulled a hamstring. How fast can he get back in the game and will compression shorts or sleeves really do the trick? An umpire took a fastball to his knuckle and remains bruised and swollen. Three docs, expert advice. ‘Nuf said.