03/12/2016 #562: Knees, Shoulders, and Back Again

Inside Sports Medicine
Inside Sports Medicine
03/12/2016 #562: Knees, Shoulders, and Back Again
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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.