Urlacher: Dr. Cole Explains The Magic & Pixie Dust Procedure
The video link below is by Dr. Cole (the doctor who performed the surgery on D. Rose). I wish Urlacher had just scoped the knee in January.
Instead he did the experimental "procedure" that was about as effective as rubbing the knee with a dead monkey's foot for voodoo purposes
LINK to the article Dr. Cole explains Urlacher's procedure
(Click on the link to view the video explaining the procedure)
Dr. Cole explains Urlacher's procedure
As an Cartilage Restoration Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Brian Cole knows a thing or two about rehabbing serious injuries.
"All of us are looking at the setting of injury for magic or pixie dust for the injury to go away or to make it heal faster," Dr. Cole said. "And that's a commendable effort and there actually are things we can do to speed up the process."
Which is where Brian Urlacher comes in.
Urlacher reportedly underwent a groundbreaking procedure in Germany to help his left knee heal faster. Dr. Cole explains the scientific details of the procedure and what it could mean for the future for the anchor of the Bears defense.
It's interesting stuff. I understood about half the words Dr. Cole said. But hey, I'm not that smart, so you'll probably fare better.
This isn't the first time we have seen Dr. Cole, as he was the surgeon on the most prolific knee injury Chicago has ever seen -- Derrick Rose's torn ACL this spring.
Just like Dr. James Andrews became famous as the go-to surgeon for MLB pitchers, Dr. Cole is becoming the official spokesman for Chicago athletes' knee injuries.
Check out the full video above for more details on Urlacher's procedure. It's also worth noting that Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant received a similar procedure on their knees, and both went on to have great seasons. (A-Rod is currently sidelined, but with an injured hand, not knee)
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 08-23-2012 at 07:31 AM.
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According to reports (though Urlacher denys it) he DID have the knee scoped in January
I think that players sometimes "grasp at straws" to try to come back earlier than expected from injury. Nature of the beast I suppose. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Technology has come a long way from the Butkus / Sayers era and will continue to evolve for the better I hope.
Whatever the case might be with all of this I have 1 question . Is he running at all yet , and is he going to be able to practice and train at all before the season starts ? Cuz if he can't, I'll say this. Anything bad enough to prohibit any sort of physical activity means Brian Urlacher won't be the one on the field. It's gonna be Brian Gimplacher. And all his ' experience ' might not be enough to compensate for the step or two he has 'potentially' lost .
What should you call any : Fumble , Hold , Interception , Three and out , or Sack ?
A " F.H.I.T.S " ? or a J'Marcus ?
The gist of it, based on what I understood the good Doc to say, is that there are reasons why this may and some instances should and does work but we're really not certain exactly why. (sounds like a lot of psychotropic meds like anti-depressants). There are instances where it works better than others and in some cases not at all. But.......(here's the kicker) there are adverse reactions in some patients or in other words it doesn't make the boo boo better, it makes it worse.
I still come back to my original "it quacks like a duck" logic here. Brian's injury is much worse than originally thought. Either there's more damage that's been caused by it or there has been an accumulation of damage and this just pushed it all over the edge. If it's degenerative there is no permanent fix. All you can do is prolong the inevitable. It will become arthritic and for that there is no current cure, only treatment and rest which is what's going on right now.
Up 'til now Brian has always been a fast healer but not this time. So what does that tell us? What I get from it is that this injury is a little beyond even his body chemistry's own mojo, magic and pixie dust as far as self healing. In his case those substances, whatever they are, are not being produced as the same rate they used to be. He's aging the same as the rest of us. This experimental treatment has helped some heal faster by trying to reintroduce some of those healing properties artificially but it doesn't always work and as in other instances and other procedures sometimes the body rejects the supposed cure and the situation becomes even worse. In Brian's case this may have happened ergo the need to have the knee scoped.
Bottom line? None of this is good. He's 34, he's had a serious injury, and he's not recovering like he thought he would. The end is near and I don't say that without a great deal of disappointment but "it is what it is". We don't need a lot more evidence and a bunch of articles from the Bears scribes. Common sense will do. There is nothing else that leads us away from the inevitable conclusion that the knee is or has deteriorated badly enough that his career is now riding on the fence. The only real question for him is how does it play out from here?
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap. Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
I'm hoping two good things happen:
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1) Brian can play at a high level this year and next - even if it's not quite as high as he has been playing. But still one of the better MLB's in the league. And then gracefully retire a Bear. He was playing GREAT last season prior to the knee injury. So, there may be hope that he won't drop off the cliff in performance immediately.
2) The Bears bump the Urlacher replacement issue to tier-1 now. Draft priority #1 for 2013.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 08-23-2012 at 01:35 PM.
All great points. I'm just hoping for the best, and trying hard not to fear the worst. There are a number of ways this can play out.
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Maybe even on the Bears roster now.
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At this point, I would strongly consider moving Shea McClellin to MLB. I think he's more of a natural linebacker than he is a defensive end. He's not bulky enough to play defensive end, and I don't know how much weight and muscle he would have to gain in order to become the ideal size/weight for being that type of player. But he's already the size of a linebacker right now, and I would almost bet that he would soar like an eagle in the sky if you had him running the defense. He's a football player, and maybe the most gifted young defender we've had come along in about ten years.