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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.
Dr. T.O. Souryal is joined by talented spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal and the ideal sports medicine specialist, Dr. Brad Bellard. All bring their wisdom and cool factor to today’s episode! The Docs start off responding to a call about a possible bruised tailbone and anatomic variations. This leads into a discussion of the hope or hype of new procedures or fads such as kinesio tape, trendy stem cell treatment, and cryotherapy.
The Sports Medicine 101 topic at the top of the hour is the classic medical terms or symptoms, like chest pains and headaches, that immediately get the attention of medical professionals and may signal a serious condition.
Calls continue to come in about an evolving diagnosis after a slip on spilled water, an active 33 year old with a popped knee/subluxation and a caller with spinal stenosis, another wants to know if a spinal fusion can be reversed. The last caller is a runner with a sacroiliac problem who has to sort out medical advice that doesn’t match up and treatment that has gone on way too long.
Dr. Souryal is getting ready for summer – spinning some Beach Boys tunes and hanging with his friends Mel and Brad. Lucky for us, his friends happen to be exceptional sports medicine specialists Dr. Mel Manning and Dr. Brad Bellard. Chiropractic care, cryotherapy, endorphin highs and “squirrelly” runners, as well as the important difference between “swag” and “shwag” are discussed.
The show starts with a miracle story of a longterm deficiency that was easily managed, once a certain doctor asked the right questions and kept digging to find a new and better solution to her patient’s problem. At the halfway mark, Sports Medicine 101 covers a rare, and advanced, topic: Rhabdomyolysis, which is an excessive breakdown of muscle tissue that can lead to hospitalization and even dialysis.
As always, information and entertainment are at the heart of the show, and the three doctors shed some light on various medical puzzles from listeners. A father is curious whether his daughter’s noisy, yet pain-free knees can indicate a problem, something doesn’t add up for a caller with a degenerative spinal condition, and a runner needs to consult a cardiologist for his heart irregularity. One caller describes knife-like pain after spinal surgery, another has had multiple SLAP tears and wonders what’s up now and where did that old anchor go? A 30 year old runner has had pain and a pop in his left knee for the last month, another aging and tall 30 year old asks for advice on how to restart his exercise routine in a wise way. A former patient of Dr. Souryal ends the show on a high note when he calls to thank the Doc for the excellent care he has given. The doctors agree: this is why we do what we do.
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.