Tracking Patient Outcomes; Tips for the Aging Athlete; Active Father finds Healing after Tissue Transplant

Episode 17.21 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:20): Dr. Nikhil Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush discusses the importance of tracking patient outcomes: value based care; measuring quality ofnikhil verma care vs cost; which techniques work best based on patient outcomes; how the outcomes meet specific conditions and expectations.

Dr. Verma is a Professor and Director, Division of Sports Medicine, Fellowship Director, Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopedics, Rush University Medical Center, Team Physician, Chicago White Sox/Chicago Bulls.

Dr. Verma specializes in treatment of the shoulder, elbow and knee with an emphasis on advanced arthroscopic reconstructive techniques of the shoulder, shoulder replacement, knee ligament reconstruction and articular cartilage reconstruction and meniscal transplantation.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is widely recognized as the regional leader in comprehensive orthopedic services. 

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Segment Two (11:23): Dr. Leython Williams from Athletico Physical Threrapy discusses the benefits of accepting and adjusting to the inevitability of aging. Aging gracefully is linked to healthy diet, regular exercise and good genes.

Athletes both professional and amateur often refuse to let age slow them down. However, even the most elite athletes are not immune to aging; rebuilding bone and gaining muscle; trading intensity for duration; cooling down for gradual decrease in intensity.

Dr. Williams is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and facility manager for Athletico Physical Therapy at their Lincolnshire facility. He is a former Division 1 athlete that infuses his experience as an elite athlete into his evidence-based practice in the outpatient orthopedic setting.

Dr. Williams is an expert in musculoskeletal function and rehabilitation as he seeks to restore functionality and decrease pain. His mission aligns with Athletico is providing progressive outpatient therapy through personalized care that emphasizes patient education and injury prevention.

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Segment Three (21:07): Cartilage transplant Phil Pizzano is an active husband, father and former Division I soccer player discusses his tissue transplant with Steve and Dr. Cole.

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In 2012, he began to suffer from debilitating knee pain. After enduring years of pain and surgery, he met with a doctor who told him he was a candidate for an osteochondral allograft transplant. In the two and a half years since that surgery, he’s been able to keep up with his two children and even picked up CrossFit.

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Is Genetic and Testing Right for You?; Non Surgical Treatment for Arthritis

Episode 17.19 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:25): Scott Weissman, MS, CGC from Chicago Genetic Consultants talks about the value of genetic consulting to assess your risk of certain conditions with a comfort in knowing that you will be making fully informed decisions about genetic testing and your health.

The decision to evaluate your risk of having or developing a genetic condition is not an easy one to make.  There are many complexities that go into the choice to undergo genetic testing and meeting with a certified and licensed genetic counselor is one of the most important parts of the genetic testing process in a variety of genetics disciplines including:

  • Cancer Genetics
  • Neurogenetics
  • Cardiogenetics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Ocular Genetics
  • Whole genome/exome sequencing
  • Carrier Screening
  • Interpretation of genetic test results from direct-to-consumer genetic testing

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Segment Two (16:50): Dr. Adam Yanke from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush talks about Non Surgical Treatment for Arthritis. How biologic or stem cell therapy is used in the treatment of certain conditions. Dr. Yanke’s motivation to perform both clinical and basic science research has always been to deliver the most advanced patient care possible.

This includes being involved in clinical trials that utilize stem cell injections for arthritis. He also believes that the cornerstones of good orthopedic care are proper indications and understanding that non-operative measures are commonly the most appropriate treatment.

News on the Willy Garcia Collision with Yoan Moncada; Why Store My Stem Cells?; Join us at The Chicago Sports Summit

Episode 17.18 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:30): Dr. Nik Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox, talks about the recent Willy Garcia Collision with Yoan Moncada; how the medical team deals with multiple player injuries; the new White Sox-MLB concussion protocol; the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of the injuries.

White Sox rookies Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia left the game after colliding inshallow right field. Moncada’s knee struck Garcia in the side of the head and both players were injured. Garcia was able to leave the field under his own power but Moncada needed to be taken off on a cart.


Segment Two (12:26): Dr. Cole and Steve ClausnitzerCEO of Forever Labs talk about the important reasons and process for preserving your stem cell for later use in life and the ongoing research on cell biology by Dr. Cole and others at Rush University Medical Center.

Why Store My Stem Cells? The number and therapeutic quality of our stem cells diminishes with age. Storing your stem cells today preserves them for future therapies that combat age-related disease, and perhaps aging itself.


Segment Three (25:45): Dr. Cole announces the 2nd Annual Chicago Sports Summit, a half-day event featuring some of Chicago’s heaviest hitters. Participants will speak about how sports and after school activities empower youth to engage in positive behavior to help reduce Chicago’s violence.

Executives will also discuss how they use sports marketing and celebrities to grow their business. Attendees will learn about new developments in sports science and how these advances impact an athlete’s endurance, performance and injury prevention.

October 4th, 2017 - 8AM to Noon Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago IL

Join Us For The Greatest Sports Event of the Year! Click here to Register.

Keeping Fear out of the Game; Using Fat Tissue to Treat Joint Problems; IASTM for Treatment of Strains, Sprains & Pains

Episode 17.13 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.new host image


Segment One (01:34): Tara Hackney from Athletico Physical Therapy talks about strategies to support Psycho-social Influences during rehab. One of the consequences of injury can include fear of re-injury when the athlete returns to play. Fear can potentially be a limiting factor in rehabilitation and recovery. However, there are ways to address these psychological concerns during recovery to help athletes return to play with more confidence. Related post: Don’t Let Fear Keep You Out of the Game


Segment Two (12:34): Dr. Cole discusses new technology using patients own fat to help treat joint problems. Body fat now can help treat bone joint conditions, including injuries and osteoarthritis — the type of arthritis caused by wear and tear in tissue between joints, which affects 27 million people. A new device gently suctions, processes and uses a patient’s own fat tissue to provide a potential source of stem cells and growth factors to promote healing. Related post: Patients’ Own Fat Tissue Can Help Treat Joint Problems


Segment Three (20:50): Craig Bano, MPT, CHT from ATI Physical Therapy talks about  Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. IASTM has proven to be very effective in both enhancing mobility and alleviating injury, enabling pain-free participation in activities as quickly as possible. IASTM is proven to treat joint and ligament sprains, muscle and tendon strains, neck and back injuries, and tendinitis.

Research has demonstrated the ability of IASTM to:

  • Reduce pain thresholds
  • Decrease muscle guarding
  • Increase ROM
  • Increase muscle function (as well as inhibit hypertonicity)
  • Improve ligament healing
  • Decrease scarring
  • Decrease tendinitis symptoms

Related Post: A therapeutic technique to help rid you of strains, sprains and pains