Dr. Josh Bell on Whether Drinking Soda Can Worsen Your Arthritis

Over 70 million adults (1 in 3) in the United States are affected by arthritis. There are 3 basic types of arthritis: rheumatologic (inflammatory) arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and osteoarthiritis.  Inflammatory arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, is a condition in which the body sends inflammatory factors to the joint which destroys the joint over time.  Post-traumatic arthritis occurs after an injury in which there was damage to the joint which accelerates the breakdown of the joint.  The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which primarily affects middle aged and older adults and is often referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis.

Dr. Christian Balldin on WOAI – Increasing Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs and Supplements in Teenagers

TSAOG’s Dr. Christian Balldin was interviewed by Jim Forsyth with WOAI on Monday, November 26th.

Dr. Christian Balldin on WOAI Radio – Avoid Muscle Strain During Holiday Travel

TSAOG’s Dr. Christian Balldin was interviewed by Berit Mason with WOAI Radio on Tuesday, November 20th.

Don’t End up at Grandma’s House with a Muscle Strain

TSAOG Welcomes Athletic Trainer John Carollo

TSAOG is very pleased to announce that Athletic Trainer John Carollo has joined our team!

Dr. Christian Balldin on Collarbone Fractures

The clavicle, also known as the collarbone, is a frequently injured bone (up to 10% of all adult fractures).  Most of the time it is fractured (broken) when someone falls onto the outside part of their shoulder and the force is transmitted to the weakest part of the bone (which is the middle section).  Common causes of collarbone injury include:

Dr. Christian Balldin on WOAI Radio – High School Athletes Ignoring Concussion Symptoms

Dr. Christian Balldin of TSAOG spoke with Jim Forsyth on WOAI radio this week to discuss a new study, which states that despite increased media coverage of concussions, many high school athletes choose not to report concussion symptoms for fear of being excluded from play.  See the whole story below.

Halloween at TSAOG

For those of you who have not been lucky enough to experience Halloween day at TSAOG, here’s a sneak peek of what you’ve been missing!  TSAOGers (including our physicians) go all out on All Hallow’s Eve and the majority of our staff at all 7 clinic locations comes to work in costume.  Enjoy the photos!

Dr. Christian Balldin on Knee Dislocation

Marcus Lattimore sustains a knee dislocation in this past weekend’s game.
Video courtesy of ESPN.

The term knee dislocation is not to be taken lightly.  The clinical definition of a knee dislocation is injury to three of the four major ligaments surrounding the knee.  The four major ligaments are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the fibular collateral ligament (FCL) occasionally called the lateral collateral ligament.  Of course there are many more stabilizing structures of the knee including the separate bundles of the individual ligaments and the structures in the postero-medial and postero-lateral corners (PLC/PMC).

Dr. Christian Balldin Becomes Team Physician for OLLU Athletics

TSAOG is pleased to announce that our own Dr. Christian Balldin is the new team physician for Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Athletics.  This new relationship means that Dr. Balldin will be in direct contact with OLLU Athletic Trainer Christine Ramirez, on call to treat OLLU student athletes, and holding weekly meetings with the OLLU Athletic Department to evaluate any injuries.  You may also see him on the sidelines at home games.

Dr. Frank Garcia on Training for a Marathon

If you look into the origin of a marathon, you would likely think twice about participating.  The modern marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message “Niki!” (“victory”), then collapsed and died, setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.  However, considering in the modern day that there are over 500 marathons held throughout the world each year, a marathon (26.2 miles, approximately 25,000 steps) is an achievable goal.  Unfortunately, a significant number of runners sustain some form of injury.