Dr. Souryal, Dr. Brad Bellard, and Dr. Karim Meijer are in the studio today. They talked to Michael about his knee buckling after rehab. Scott talked about the pop in his calf.
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Brad Bellard joins the crew today to discuss the different stages of heat illness, hydration, and awareness just in time for football season. Most of us are dehydrated, but there are times you actually can drink too much water and sweat out your salts. On a super hot day, drinking sports drinks can solve that issue, unless you go overboard.
Topics start with carseat alarms and sleeves athletes are wearing these days- fashion, fad, or do they have a practical purpose? In other segments, Dr. Souryal peels back the curtain in the surgery room about the logistics of timing multiple operations for one patient.
There are calls about knees, backs, calves and more. A runner tweaks his knee and wonders if his diagnosis is right, while another man buckled his knee after slipping on water and has clicking and issues straightening his leg, even after multiple surgeries. Something isn’t adding up- it’s complicated, and curious. A softball player loses some weight and pops his calf, and then the other a few weeks later. Could the calf strains be related to the weight loss? In the “lead a horse to water” department, a former barrel racer has a herniated disc and is reluctant to get any treatment. Dr Souryal describes all the options to her concerned husband.
Dr. Mel Manning, physiatrist and authority in the field of regenerative medicine, joins Dr. Souryal for this weekly dose of sports medicine information and entertainment. Some words makes us cringe, calls are answered, Hope or Hype is discussed, and topics are ripped from the current headlines.
Callers include a longtime skateboarder with a locking ankle, a father asking about the best exercises and braces to protect a football player’s knees, and another caller wakes up to a shoulder injury and wonders how long he should wait to see a doctor. A runner pulled his calf muscle years ago and wonders why a sudden pain keeps happening. It could well be referred pain from a pinched nerve or scar tissue that keeps tearing.
The next caller starts a discussion on advancements in disc replacement, and finding a surgeon comfortable with performing the latest techniques. A former basketball player with an unstable ankle, sprains it again and wonders what his next steps should be. This leads into an unscripted Souryal Story about a scoped ankle portal that didn’t close as quickly as expected and another from Dr. Souryal’s college days. The show ends with a golf instructor who has shooting back pain, and a 62 year old who shares his story about calf pains and a related heart condition. And so it goes.
Spine surgeon Dr. Scott Blumenthal joins Dr. Souryal for another fine mix of medicine, sports, and current events. Raiders’ legend and 2015 Hall of Fame finalist Tim Brown shares his insights on this big weekend for football in Dallas, how Aaron Rodgers’ injury may affect play-off strategy, and playing football in super-cold weather.
In case you missed it, there are some great Craig Sager flashbacks from last week’s interview. In Sports Medicine Secrets one thing is worth repeating: don’t believe everything you read – especially about injuries. How bad can Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers injury be? In Sports Medicine 101 the doctors discuss calf injuries in general and Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury in particular. Good Stuff!
Listeners queries start some interesting discussions on pillows, home inversion tables, and getting second, or third opinions when a diagnosis is confusing or incomplete. One caller is urged to explore options beyond pain pills and cortisone shots after a slip resulted in a neck injury and later pain in his arms and hands. One listener wants to know what exercises are best for regaining strength ten months after ACL surgery, another asks what exercises he should do and when to start them after an abdominal hernia reattachment, and an avid golfer with tennis elbow may need patience, not surgery.