Discectomy: Episode 81

  • In this episode: Discectomy aka diskectomy, microdiscectomy, disk decompression, percutaneous discectomy. This is when a piece of a vertebral disk is removed.

  • Chip Review @ (09:36): Boulder Canyon – Hickory Barbeque

  • Trivia question of the week @ (08:43): What country has the oldest (continually used) national flag?

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Brief overview of the episode:

            Discectomy aka Diskectomy, microdiscectomy, disk decompression, percutaneous discectomy is when part of a damaged spinal disk is removed. This will be done when non-surgical treatment has not provided adequate relief from pain or when there is atrophy, loss of sensation, numbness that does not improve with change in position or most significantly there are bowel and bladder issues.
            Surgery for spinal disk issues is done though a minimally invasive procedure where the damaged portion of the disk is removed. Surgical success rates are better in the first 3 months when compared to non-surgical treatments. However, by 1 year both surgery and non-surgery groups have similar outcomes and in 5 years the surgical group has slightly worse outcomes.
            Physical therapy treatment is highly effective in eliminating the symptoms associated with disk herniation/bulge/rupture. There are very few cases where physical therapy is not at least attempted in the management of pain and function loss associated with spinal disk issues.


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Achilles Repair with Peter Jennings: Episode 38

  • In this episode: What is it like to recover from Achilles Repair with Special guest Peter Jennings @CSURAM88

  • Chip Review: This week we did a 4 way battle between Salt & Vinegar flavored Chips from: Boulder Canyon, Cape Cod, Dutch Crunch and Zapp’s

  • Trivia question of the week: Which school won the first NCAA basketball tournament?

  • Follow us on Instagram: 2pts_n_a_bagofchips and/or Twitter @2PTsNaBagOChips to see photos, video and get additional episode specific information throughout the week.

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00:00 – Intro
00:30 – Chip Final Four Intro
01:00 – Achilles Repair
  • 5:1 Male to Female Ratio
  • 80% related to sports with a predisposition to ball sports
01:34 – “I thought a big explosion happened behind me”
02:04 – NBA vs NFL experience
02:30 – Repairs are getting better and/or is Rehab getting better
03:12 – Why is it so hard to repair?
04:10 – Exceptions to early surgery
04:42 – The recovery is long
05:44 – Running, jumping, agility, getting married
06:17 – Typical age range of injury
06:44 – Why are men more likely to rupture?
07:59 – Did Demaryius re-tear or tear the other?
  • First tear was of the Right Achilles
  • Second tear was of the Left Achilles
08:27 – I’m not trying to scare you Peter
09:10 – What is your blood type
10:15 – How likely is an Achilles
11:07 – Post NFL lock out, saw an increase in tears
11:39 – Highest potential for injury
12:30 – Did you have any kind of Achilles injury history?
13:22 – What can you do preventatively
14:04 – Link to the stretching  podcast episode 25
14:16 – Lets talk about Peter
  • Currently on 3-4 other Podcasts
15:10 – Social Media
  • Twitter @CSURAM88
15:48 – What would you rather have?
  • 100,000 Instagram followers
  • A College degree
16:23 – We’ve got about 100,000 Instagram followers to go
16:57 – How to boost your number of twitter followers
17:11 – What do you do with your podcasts?
17:37 – A recent trip to Chipotle
18:40 – Last weeks TRIVIA
  • What was the highest grossing movie of the 80’s?
  • ET. The Extra Terrestrial
  • Who won the first NCAA basketball tournament?
21:07 – CHIP TIME
21:30 – Southeast Regional Introduction
– 21:45 – Cape Cod – Salt & Vinegar
            – 22:09 – Zapp’s – Salt & Vinegar
23:02 – Northwest Regional Introduction
  • 23:06 – Dutch Crunch – Salt & Vinegar
  • 23:49 – Boulder Canyon – Sweet Vinegar
24:28 – Finals
  • Cape Cod
  • Boulder
26:22 – Thumbs up/thumbs down for each Chip
26:49 – I need to get some spicy chips in my life
27:54 –Outro
  • Huge thank you to Peter for coming on and sharing his story
  • Shout out to TJ
29:00 – “Tilting” is over my head
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