The Docs talk with a caller about sciatica, spinal stenosis, and CBD Oil,
Dr. Brad Bellard and Dr. Scott Blumenthal join the King of Texting, AKA Dr. Souryal, for another episode packed with sports medicine infotainment. The conversation starts with the cupping fad at the Rio Olympics, Cool Runnings, and wondering if the thrill is gone.
Our first caller had a farm accident and thoracic back surgery but now has rotator cuff issues and needs a better diagnosis before more treatment. A caller with a torn labrum ponders whether he healed his own shoulder while putting off surgery. A 39 year old had knee surgery in his twenties but has some numbness and tingling after sitting and wonders if it is related to his former knee problems. A 24 year old who works out intensely and regularly sometimes has some upper back pain that takes his breath away.
In the second hour there is more conversation on the Rio Olympics and a debate on the line between performance enhancing practices and unfair/illegal drugs or procedures for athletes. Then a caller with tingling fingers and pain in his shoulder years after an auto accident may have posterior subluxation and wonders what he can do about it. Dr. Souryal goes on to explain sciatica, piriformis issues, and back pain. The show winds down as the modern Hippocratic Oath, Olympic heroes, and new ping pong rules, among others, are discussed. Psst…any Sharks out there?
Honest to goodness…so much to talk about today! Dr. Souryal is joined by Dr. Brad Bellard and Dr. Scott Blumenthal for a wide-ranging conversation on sports, medicine, and current events. Our first caller has worker’s compensation struggles, then Dr. Scott Blumenthal explains the treatment and recovery process for a herniated disc, and the relation between business and medicine weaves through the whole show. Another caller asks if artificial disc replacement might be a good option for him, a biker’s neck pain travels to his right hand, a 15 year old soccer player had an ACL repair and later a patellar dislocation and her father asks what to do next for this rare injury combination. An avid weightlifter has stingers on his right arm in his sleep and on his bike, but not at the gym and wonders what kind of doctor he should see first. Then we finally get to The Business of Medicine as the doctors discuss some situations where doctors can be reimbursed more for an inferior procedure or equipment from insurance than the option that works well for patients, ending with observations on the efficacy of stem cell procedures.
Keeping it real, Folks!
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!
What supplement can you take to get speedier? That’s legal, we mean! Do we believe in injury prevention programs? Dr. Souryal and Dr. Bellard get the ball rolling as they speak about issues brought up by texts. The Docs discuss the pros and cons of new procedures like hip arthroscopy as well as genetics, and the anatomical differences between boys and girls that impact ACL injuries. Football great Tony Hill, former Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver, “YAC’s” with the crew about retirement, exercise, the grass/astroturf divide, and the evolution of the NFL. Sports Medicine 101 covers ACL injuries and Dr. Souryal shares his thoughts on a somewhat new “bridge” technique for ACL reconstructions.
A caller from Dallas has an increasing disc protrusion with symptoms that are more and more painful and asks for options. A former football player has a similar neck injury and asks which exercises to embrace and to avoid for that and also for his knee problems. A high estimate for a hip replacement, without insurance, leads into a discussion of the broken healthcare system. Topics range from Sever’s Disease to scoliosis, sciatica, and end with hip problems. From Sudan to Stockholm to Arkansas, we webcast a wide net!
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.
World class spinal surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal joins Dr. Souryal for two hours of your only sports medicine talk show on the radio and the Interwebs! We have cut out the commercials for this podcast, so you get all the good stuff, without commercial interruption.
The Business of Medicine segment touches on a loophole that promotes the propagation of stand-alone Emergency Rooms, and segue ways into a Souryal Story which illustrates the problem, and more on transparency, or lack thereof, and the profit and pitfalls of the insurance game.
It’s a good thing Dr. B. is on because there are so many questions right in his bailiwick. How do you know when to choose an orthopedic surgeon vs. a neurosurgeon for back trouble? What are the effects of prednisone use and future surgeries? How do you know when it is time for a hip replacement? What is the relationship of spasms to hydration?
Listen and learn, my friends. And then…tell your friends!
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.