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.