The Doctor talk about Sports Medicine 101: Golfers Elbow
Dr. Brad Bellard joins Dr. Souryal in the studio today as the show starts out with an explanation of the Mumford Procedure. Later, globetrotting spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal calls in from Atlanta to answer some back questions, including: why does spine surgery have such a bad rap?
Our first caller had a severe knee break with nerve damage playing college football and still got back in the game. Now that he’s older, he wonders if stem cells may help him along with a knee replacement, which leads into a long conversation of cool stuff happening in medicine now and the cool stuff that may develop in the future. Next, a 64 year old cartilage loss in both knees asks many great questions: is there a synthetic cartilage that can be put back in knees? what is the value of painful cortisone shots and is there any procedure available that could stabilize his “sloppy” knees? If bone doesn’t have feeling, where does the pain come from?
A 53 year old broke his shoulder in an ATV accident and has a ”humerus” question, another man has a “dull and heavy” shoulder seasonally, a 66 year old has chronic tendonitis in one foot and wonders if he has to just live with it. As always- we need a diagnosis first. Our last caller has a constant burning pain in his elbow, and likewise, needs a clear diagnosis before treatment.
Hard to believe he’s gone. Legend David Bowie has passed and in tribute, provides the background tunes to this week’s show. Dr. Souryal, as usual, has so many good topics to get through. Roethlisberger’s and Romo’s shoulder injuries are explained in depth, along with the real reason for wearing shoulder pads. Teaching “rugby-style” tackling techniques at all levels could be good news for preventing concussions and aims to make football safer. The difference between an ankle sprain and a high ankle sprain is explained, at last, in Sports Medicine 101.
The text machine is going crazy bananas as a record number of questions and comments flow in and the phone lines are hopping, too. The first caller has questions about rehab for shoulder and knee surgery with just a week in between. How can he go about rehab for each at the same time? A high school coach has had both knees replaced and has lots of “static electricity“ pain two years later and a swollen foot. What now? An active flat-footed man has grade 3 ankle problems and asks if there is any alternative to the major reconstructive surgery that is recommended for him. A boxer gets a sharp stabbing shoulder pain while throwing a left jab that points to joint instability.
A youth football coach calls to weigh in on new Heads Up Tackling techniques. It is a good thing! Another PeeWee coach chimes in about still more benefits, including building confidence. The consensus: football needs this.
There is not so much chatter today just call after call. Topics start with rotator cuffs, getting a good diagnosis and second opinions, doing your homework on surgeries and doctors, and musings on whether and why injury rates have gone up over time in both the pro world and lower levels. Bigger bodies in motion, overtraining, insufficient recovery time, and education all play a part.
Dr. Craig Garrison, director of sports medicine at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine joins Dr. Souryal for a short time. The doctors agree that real grass is way better than artificial!
Is a replacement surgery in order for an active 53 year old? What it the link between protein powder and cramps? Can a dedicated runner, who has had four scopes on his knee, keep running? Dr. Souryal has answers and some good advice for those who like to push through the pain: get good shoes to absorb the shock, listen to your body, and stop when you are limping,
Later a college football player has shoulder instability and Dr. Souryal runs down the options for his concerned Dad, and a resident calls in to clarify what Laterjet Surgery is exactly. The show ends on a familiar refrain: When in doubt- get it checked out!
Doctor Souryal opens the show with a discussion of why it is important for sports doctors to be sports fans. He also talks about neck injuries and spinal cord contusions, and what doctors look for when assessing the severity of the injuries.
Doctor Mel Manning joins the show as a guest this week. The doctors talk about their least favorite plays. Doctor Souryal talks about the dangers of kickoffs and punt returns. Doctor Manning is more concerned about injuries in the cheerleaders than the football players.
Sports Medicine 101 focuses on Garrett Richards’ ruptured patellar tendon, why surgery is needed to repair patellar tendon injuries, and the hardest parts of the recovery process.
The Doctors answer questions about, arthritis and golfer’s elbow, how anti-inflammatory steroids work, bulging discs causing neck and shoulder pain, and the difference between orthopedists and sports medicine specialists.