The Docs discuss travel medicine and the NBA Playoffs and Toe Pain
Dr. T.O. Souryal and Dr. Brad Bellard have thoughts to share about L2M, referee standards, Maria Sharapova, the disconnect in communication between doctors and patients, the crumbling pedestal that the modern Olympics rests on, Quidditch, Dressage, and so much more. This is all just in the first hour.
The first caller had a knee injury a year ago, still has swelling and pain, and needs an MRI for a clear diagnosis. A former NFL player has had six surgeries on his right knee and is considering a knee replacement. He wants to know how long it could last and how it will impact his activity. Good questions!
In the second hour, we have a very special guest: award-winning sportswriter and NBC analyst Alan Abrahamsson. He calls in from LA to give an informed perspective on the Maria Sharapova tribunal decision, doping controversies, and the cloud that hangs over the Rio Olympics. Lots going on, lots to get to!
Dr. Souryal has a lot of ground to cover, many questions to answer, and so gets right to the calls today. The first caller is advised to consider non-impact methods to lose weight before starting a jogging regimen, and also needs to look into his bursting blood vessels. An active 34 year old weightlifter has a pain in his left shoulder and the next caller also has some shoulder pain that needs attention.
Blood clots are more likely to form after an event or sitting still, rather than in an active athlete, but it certainly happens. Dr. Brad Bellard calls in to join the conversation on Chris Bosh and the serious risks of blood clots. Yep, the initial symptom could be…death.
In other observations: the dog show may be rigged, runners are difficult, second opinions are valuable and the upsides and downsides of cortisone shots are explained. Take note – the Doc is in Wikipedia now!