The Docs talk with a caller about fractured ribs, Notre Dame Controversy
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.
In town, that is! After several weeks of non-live shows, there is much to talk about so this program is chock full. Is the medical field difficult? The language sure is! Inside Sports Medicine got started because Dr. Souryal wanted to demystify medical lingo for both sports-minded and non-medical folks. Fifteen years later he’s still keeping us informed, educated, and highly entertained.
First, chief meteorologist for WFAA Pete Delkus explains the difference between sleet and freezing rain. Dr. Souryal and frequent guest spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal discuss mental toughness for both injured athletes and doctors, great and not-so-great concerts, why Dr. S. is a gracious loser on the golf course but not in the Operating Room, and Notre Dame.
In the Business of Medicine segment, as reimbursement has declined and overhead has not, some aggressive surgeons present surgery before other options that could be as effective. In Sports Medicine 101, Chicago Bulls’ guard Derrick Rose’s torn meniscus leads to a discussion of meniscus injuries.
And finally, we get to some of those calls. The first caller asks about elbow injuries, specifically in wheelchair sports, later a caller questions the change in sports culture where players don’t play as many games as past players did and yet injuries have increased, then a 61 year old marathon runner is trying to get to run his 50th marathon before deciding if he needs to get surgery for the lump on his knee.