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Orthobiologics such as platelet-rich-plasma, and stem cells have gained popularity as treatments for knee osteoarthritis over recent years. Orthobiologics are cells, blood components or growth factors which claim to promote healing and decrease inflammation. Platelet rich plasma and stem cell injections are an expensive treatment and there is a paucity of rigorous evidence to support the use of them in people with OA. On this episode of Joint Action, we are joined by Dr. Brian Cole to unpack the controversial topic of osteoarthritis orthobiologics.Dr. Brian Cole is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and a Professor of Orthopaedics, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Cole is Managing Partner of Midwest Orthopaedics and is the Department’s Associate Chairman and the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center. He is the Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and leads the Rush Orthopedic Master’s Program. Dr. Cole is the 2020 President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
In this episode, Dr. Brian Cole and Steve discuss icing a pitcher's arm and the perceived benefits. However, no published peer-reviewed research has shown definitively that ice is beneficial to the healing process. So, what is the best way to help a pitcher's arm recover after throwing?
In this episode, Dr. Cole explains common knee cartilage defects found in both athletes and active populations, how to decide on the best available treatment, and an overview of the different kinds of cartilage found in joints.
In this episode, Dr. Cole and Steve break down how an injury like the one sustained by Chicago White Sox OF Luis Robert happens, the difference between a strain and a sprain, and the relationship between fatigue and injury.
In this episode, we talk with biomechanics expert Brittany Dowling, MS, about the variables that can result in arm injuries in baseball players. Dowling, the Director of Biomechanics at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, uses motion capture technology to help throwers avoid injury and improve their overall performance. Prior to working at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Dowling worked for Motus Global, a leader in wearable technology focused on workload management for athletes.
Covering:*Dr Cole’s background*Lessons learned from sports growing up*Qualities of a good mentor*Traits of a leader and steps you can take to become a better leaderDr. Brian Cole graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in Orthopedics at Hospital For Special Surgery/Cornell Med Center. Moreover, he completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Brian Cole is a well-known orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine for knee, shoulder, and elbow . Dr. Cole is also the current president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and holds leadership positions in multiple societies in the field of sports medicine. He is the chairman of surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA team, co- team physician for the Chicago White Sox MLB team and DePaul University in Chicago. He has published over 1000 articles and has given numerous national and international talks on a variety of subjects.In 2009, he was recognized by his colleagues as one of the top 20 sports medicine, knee, and shoulder experts over the past five years and was selected as NBA Team Physician of the Year. Since 2004, he has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” and a “Top Doctor” in Chicagoland since 2003.Also, Dr. Brian Cole is a professor of orthopaedics, anatomy, and cell biology at Rush University Medical Center and an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Moreover, he is the Managing Partner of Midwest Orthopaedics, as well as the Department’s Associate Chairman and the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center’s Section Head. He is also the host of the sports medicine weekly podcast!Learn more about Dr. Cole at:
Ted Kurlinkus, PT, DPT, from RUSH Physical Therapy, joins Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul to discuss how physical therapy helps patients manage pain and how to know when you should see a physical therapist.
Neuropsychologist Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP, MPH shares insight into how she manages athletes who have sustained multiple concussions including how to know when to recommend athletes retire from their professional careers. Dr. Pieorth is the Director of the Concussion Program at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. She has been involved in the assessment of players in the National Hockey League since 1997 and is the Head Injury/Concussion specialist for the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox, Fire, and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the Co-Director of the NFL Neuropsychology Consulting Program.
In this episode, Dr. Cole and Steve discuss common causes of knee pain and instability with guest Dr. Adam Yanke from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Yanke also talks about treating patients who suffer from patellofemoral dysfunction — more commonly known as knee cap instability.
Dr. Brian Cole provides in depth understanding of the disease and how we can all be protected. What The future holds as herd immunity evolves. In addition, Dr. Cole reviews the current protocols for the NBA to keep personnel safe and how that will carry over to the NFL and MLB. This is one you cannot miss.
Steve and Dr. Cole talk with Mike Martin about lessons learned in his career as a professional athlete, dealing with injuries in the NFL and using his experience to make important life decisions.Michael Martin is an former American football defensive end. He was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines from 2008 to 2011. At Michigan, Martin recorded 172 tackles and appeared in 49 games, including 37 games as the Wolverines' starting nose tackle.He was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten Conference player by both the coaches and media in 2011 and received the same recognition from the coaches in 2010. In high school, he was the state Gatorade Player of the Year in football. He was also a two-time Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state wrestling champion as well as a two-time MHSAA state shot put champion.Mike is currently a Financial Advisor with Wealth Strategies Financial Group in Southfield, Michigan. E-mail:
In depth conversation with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John Grant, Head Team Physician for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. Dr. Grant talks about his experience in managing common hockey injuries and the players.Dr. Grant obtained his PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Bone & Joint Health from the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre under the mentorship of Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi and Dr. Ron Zernicke. He then attended the University of Calgary Medical School and completed residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Calgary in 2010.Dr. Grant completed sub-specialty training in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Michigan. This fellowship covered a wide range of sports medicine and shoulder surgery from cartilage and ligament injuries in children & adolescents, through adult knee ligament reconstruction & shoulder instability management, to rotator cuff tears and shoulder replacement in older adults. Care of the elite athlete involved the University of Michigan Wolverines and Eastern Michigan University athletic teams. Particular time was spent with the NCAA Division I football programs at both universities and Michigan’s women's gymnastics team.Dr. Grant specializes in all disorders of the shoulder, including rotator cuff repairs, shoulder replacements, shoulder instability and other sports related injuries.  His practice also includes ligamentous injuries of the knee (ACL, LCL, PCL and MCL), meniscal injuries, knee realignment procedures and other sports related injuries. He is a former Associate Physician with the Saint John Seadogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and is currently the Head Team Orthopaedic Surgeon for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and a Consultant to the University of Michigan Athletics Department.Dr. Grant’s research interests include clinical decision making in sports injuries of the knee and shoulder, pre- and post-operative rehabilitation of the knee and shoulder, prevention of sports-related injuries.This Episode is presented by our proud sponsor JRF Ortho, The Leader in Allograft Joint Restoration -
Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center talks with his co-host Steve Kashul about current injuries in MLB players: bone spurs in the elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome and other common injuries experienced by pitchers.
Dr. John Fernandez talks about the variety of hand injuries and how they are treated. Dr. Fernandez has created and innovated some of the advanced surgeries currently popularized in the treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow. His original research has led to techniques minimizing surgical trauma while maximizing outcomes. As an inventor, he holds patents in some of the very implants developed for these minimally invasive surgeries. As director of microsurgery for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, he has performed hundreds of successful microsurgical procedures. These have included replantation of amputated arms, hands, and digits, as well as complex reconstructions for deformity and wounds.
Certified Integrative Health Coach, Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling talks about the types, causes and treatment for chronic inflammation; how we can manage stress, sleep patterns and environmental toxins to enhance our overall health and longevity. (
Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center talks with his co-host Steve Kashul about the causes, symptoms and treatment for shoulder injuries and bone bruises in young athletes.
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Dr. Nikhil Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and head team physician for the Chicago White Sox discusses how testing, contract tracing, vaccinations and precautions have evolved for MLB spring training and the 2021 season. There will be continuing flexibility to modify the protocol based on changes in guidelines as they unfold.Dr. Cole also describes the AC joint shoulder sprain of Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen,  along with treatment and recovery. The Bulls recently announced the injury, saying that Markkanen has a sprained right acromioclavicular joint at the top of the shoulder, which happened when Markkanen was fouled as he was driving to the basket.
Interview with Frank Ignatius, the President and Founder of USA Sports Gaming, about the legalization of sports betting and what to expect. Frank explains the problems that can occur as the betting begins from a fans, coaches, and an athletes perspective.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners about how the procedures of an ACL repair and reconstruction are different, and the purpose of an unloader brace for someone who is bowlegged with osteoarthritis.
Fasting for 24 hours? Different types of intermittent fasting and who should be doing it. With Karen Malkin, Board Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. Karen helps to explain what intermittent fasting is and the healthiest way to go about it. She explains how a person can work up to longer intermittent fasting times and how to begin if you are interested.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners- Why does my back hurt when I do sit-ups? What is the difference between shoulder separation and dislocation? Is it bad to get out of a sling/cast early after surgery?
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