Dr. Christian Balldin on How to Tell if Your Shoulder Pain is a Snapping Scapula

Most people have aches and pains that come and go.  Pain behind the shoulder blade (the bone known as the scapula) is quite common, but can be debilitating.  There are a number of possible causes, so a careful physical examination and detailed information from each individual patient is vital for me to be able to make the correct diagnosis.  A crunching sensation and sometimes an audible noise (aka crepitus) is often present in a diagnosis of snapping scapula, also known as scapulothoracic bursitis with crepitus.

Dr. Christian Balldin on Causes and Treatments of Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring injuries are very common in sports and can involve any part along the entire length of the muscles and tendons from the hip to the knee.  The hamstring origin is found on the part of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosity, which is easily felt as it is the hard bone that we all sit on in our buttocks.  The majority of the muscles form a common tendon that attaches in this area.  The muscle bellies considered the hamstring muscles are found on the back of the thigh.  The hamstrings attach below the knee on the upper tibia and fibula – the two bones that make up the lower leg.

Dr. Christian Balldin on Recognizing Concussions in Athletes

The awareness, evaluation and treatment of concussions are a hot topic lately. In the sports world especially, we are hearing about it more and more.  The NFL is attempting to limit the exposure of its players to violent hits and fining (or even suspending) the players that do deliver these types of hits.  Pee wee football coaches are trying to teach better tackling and not to lead with the helmet to not only protect the brain but also the spine to avoid catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injury.

Dr. Christian Balldin on Hip Pain in the Active Adolescent and Adult

There are numerous causes of hip pain in the active adolescent and adult population, including but not limited to:

Dr. Christian Balldin on Preventing ACL Tears in Athletes

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee.  ACL tears are very common in sports where athletes are expected to change direction and pivot frequently such as in football, basketball and soccer.

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Christian Balldin

TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. B. Christian Balldin to our practice!  He starts this Monday, August 27th!

Doctor Bell on News Radio 1200 WOAI

A report showing the number of knee replacement operations performed in the United States in the past decade has doubled doesn’t surprise San Antonio knee surgeons, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Dr. Brenman on News Radio 1200 WOAI

A cool Justin Beiber backpack may be just the thing for a kid in the “in” crowd. But that seemingly innocent backpack, loaded with books, can cause serious harm.

Training properly for a marathon or half marathon

The San Antonio Rock-n-Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is less than six weeks away. Are you ready for it? Experts say you need a good 6-to-9 months to properly train for a marathon and around 4-to-6 months for a half. But doctors say a lot of beginners cram for the race — and end up killing their bodies in the long run.

Back & Spine, Ephraim K. Brenman, News, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physicians, Specialties, Young Athletes

(SAN ANTONIO) January 11, 2011 — A new therapy which uses a patient’s own blood instead of steroid drugs is continuing to yield promising results and can have powerful, localized effects in reducing pain in patients with recurring joint, neck, and back pain and various spinal conditions. What’s more is that it has no notable side effects.