TAG: Dr.Bal Raj

Dime Training, NBA / Jan 31, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon Talks Zach Randolph & Knee Injuries

Zach Randolph

Already this season, we’ve seen star players go down, and a part of me wants to say it’s the shortened season. But face the facts: Injuries happen every year. Ask Steve Nash. He’s been dealing with a back injury for 10 years. Then there’s Zach Randolph, fresh off a breakout season and playoff run last year, and yet hurt his knee and now may be out for the season. You can go down the line – Al Horford, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul – they’ve all tasted the injury bug this year. Read More »

Dime Training, NBA / Aug 8, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon Talks Rudy Gay & Shoulder Injuries

Rudy Gay

Everyone loves to talk about the Thunder, how great they are already, how unreal they could be in another year or two, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook. But no one ever mentions that Memphis really should’ve beat them in the second round. They had their chances, probably could’ve been up 3-1 and yet ended up losing in a Game 7 that might’ve been theirs had Rudy Gay been around to create the offense they sorely lacked. Read More »

Dime Training, NBA / Aug 5, 2011 / 1:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon Talks Yao Ming & Preventing Injuries

Yao Ming

Don’t you all feel like something was stolen from you? Yao Ming. He could’ve been one of the greats, should’ve been one of the greats. But science and physics took him away from us this summer, and for good this time. After the big man missed just two games through his first three NBA seasons, Yao played over 57 in a season just once for the rest of his career. With a number of foot and ankle problems that never quite healed, Yao called it quits at 30 because his body couldn’t take it anymore. Read More »

Dime Training, NBA / Jul 14, 2011 / 2:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon On Tyreke Evans & Plantar Fasciitis

Tyreke Evans

For being a real menace, foot problems always get overlooked. If someone has knee surgery, it’s okay if they come back a little slow. They’re working themselves back into shape. If someone has a wrecked and twisted back, bash the maker for giving them back luck. We rarely hear anyone talk about feet outside of the mammoth one-timers like Yao Ming or Bill Walton. No one was supposed to ever get that big. Broken feet are only a byproduct. That’s the perception. Read More »

Dime Training, NBA / Jul 12, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon Talks Gilbert Arenas & Knee Injuries

Gilbert Arenas

It’s been nearly four years since Gilbert Arenas started down this dark path of injuries. He’s had three operations on his left knee, and seen his star, as well as his scoring average (from 29.3 to 8.0 with Orlando), plummet. Still only 29 years old, can Arenas ever make it back to what he once was? Orlando’s GM Otis Smith wants him to, and recently told Agent Zero he doesn’t want him playing any basketball this summer…just rest up and rehab. Read More »

Dime Training, NBA / Jul 7, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon Sheds Light on Kobe Bryant’s Mysterious Surgery

Dr. Bal Raj

What’s perhaps an athlete’s number one fear during a lockout? It might just be injuries. Already this summer, we’ve seen Gilbert Arenas be told not to play all year in order to rest his knees, Tyreke Evans battling to come back from plantar fasciitis and Kobe Bryant taking steps to try out a couple of new treatments, platelet-rich plasma therapy (also known as PRP) and cryotherapy. Read More »

Dime Training / Jun 8, 2011 / 11:30 am

Dime Q&A: Expert Surgeon Talks Nutrition And Staying Injury-Free

Dr. Bal Raj

As an athlete, there was nothing more interesting to me growing up than sports nutrition, weight training and staying healthy.

So with everything Dirk is battling through right now, here’s a chat I had with Dr. Bal Raj, a leading Orthopedic Fitness Surgeon and expert. Based in Beverly Hills, Calif., Dr. Raj is a Double (American & Canadian) Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports & fitness procedures. Read More »