8/12/19: Classics Elite Soccer Academy announced today that TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) will be the team’s official orthopaedic provider for the next five years.
“We feel fortunate to have TSAOG as our new medical partner,” said Aaron Metzger, Director of Coaching for Classics Elite. “Through this partnership, the Classics Elite Soccer Academy will be able to better provide our youth soccer players and families with education and services related to sports injury care and prevention, as well as other health and wellness topics.” He continued, “The priority of any youth sport organization should be a commitment to the safety of the players and we are proud to be partnering with an organization that shares this philosophy.”
“TSAOG is very excited to serve as the official orthopaedic physicians for Classics Elite Soccer Academy,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Christian Balldin. “Playing soccer growing up (in fact, with some of the current coaches at Classics Elite) helped shape me as I was maturing and gave me a passion for sports that has evolved into a career in sports medicine. Now, as a father of four, I appreciate the benefits this program brings children, not just encouraging physical fitness, but fostering personal development.”
In addition to their presence on the sidelines at games, TSAOG orthopaedic staff will be involved with Classics Elite behind the scenes in a variety of ways, including:
Providing medical coverage for Classics Elite’s specified games and sponsored events.
Providing a physician in the training room weekly and physician consultations during practices.
Holding educational sessions for Classics Elite coaches and staff. These sessions will focus on injury prevention and the recognition and treatment of sports-related injuries.
Arranging CPR training and certification for Classics Elite personnel.
About Classics Elite Soccer Academy: Classics Elite Soccer Academy (CE) has won regional and national recognition as the premier soccer club in San Antonio and one of the top youth sports organizations in South Texas. With over 1,000 players in the San Antonio area, CE services all age groups and all levels of play, enabling players to compete at their highest potential – from their first soccer experience through the rest of their lives.
About Aaron Metzger: Aaron Metzger is the Director of Coaching and Assistant General Manager for The Classics Elite Soccer Academy. Metzger has his US Soccer “A” License and the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Master Coach Diploma. He has been coaching for over 25 years at the youth, collegiate, and semi-professional levels. Metzger has also been highly involved with the South Texas and Region III ODP programs as well as coaching education programs with United States Youth Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches.
About TSAOG Orthopaedics: Established in 1947, TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) provides comprehensive orthopaedic services for San Antonio and surrounding areas. Its 35 specialty trained physicians specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and care for the full range of musculoskeletal disorders.
About Dr. Christian Balldin: Dr. Balldin is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. His previous team coverage experience includes the San Antonio Missions, US Ski Team in Colorado, the San Antonio Talons, and the San Antonio Scorpions. He also serves as President of the Texas Society of Sports Medicine (TSSM).
Unfortunately, TSAOG Orthopaedics must bid a fond farewell to pain management specialist Dr. Naumit Bhandari. Dr. Bhandari will be leaving TSAOG effective February 20th, 2019.
His new contact information will be as follows:
Naumit S. Bhandari, M.D., P.A.
2900 Mossrock, Suite 390
San Antonio, TX 78230
Phone: (210) 849-5378
Current patients of Dr. Bhandari will have the option of transferring their care to another TSAOG physician or any other physician of their choice. If you are a current patient with Dr. Bhandari and have any questions about your medical records or continued care, please call our main office at (210) 804-5400.
Dr. Bhandari will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
The San Antonio Missions announced today that TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group) will be the team’s official healthcare provider through the 2021 season.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with TSAOG,” said Missions General Manager David Gasaway. “They have been a San Antonio institution for over 70 years and will work with us as we continue to give back to San Antonio and our fans.”
“TSAOG is very excited to serve as team physicians for the San Antonio Missions,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Thomas DeBerardino. “Sports are a passion of mine and, as a surgeon, there is nothing better than helping an injured athlete return to play.”
In addition to their presence at Nelson Wolff Stadium, TSAOG Orthopaedics will be involved in the Missions Youth Sports Initiative in a variety of ways, including:
Serving as the exclusive partner of the 2019 Missions Rookie League. The Missions Rookie League is a Little League program for financially disadvantaged San Antonio youth, run in conjunction the San Antonio Police Athletic League, and supported by Missions CARE (the Missions’ charity foundation).
Working with the Missions Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics are hosted by Missions players and coaches to provide youth baseball players hands-on instructions on various aspects of the game.
Providing educational and instructional content for youth athletes and their parents on various topics including injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion recognition and management, and the importance of nutrition to sports performance.
“In addition to serving as the team physicians for the Missions, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the team on their youth sports initiatives,” said TSAOG sports medicine specialist Dr. Christian Balldin. “Playing youth sports growing up helped shape me as I was maturing and gave me a passion for sports that has evolved into a career in sports medicine. Now, as a father of four, I appreciate the benefits these programs bring children, not just encouraging physical fitness, but fostering personal development.”
The 118th season of baseball in San Antonio begins Thursday April 4th, as the Missions begin their new era as a member of the Pacific Coast League and take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 210-675-PARK (7275).
About TSAOG: Established in 1947, TSAOG Orthopaedics provides comprehensive orthopaedic services for San Antonio and surrounding areas. Their physicians specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and care for the full range of musculoskeletal disorders.
About Dr. Thomas DeBerardino: Dr. DeBerardino is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. He served as Director of the West Point Sports Medicine Fellowship and Head Team Physician for Army Athletics before his retirement from the Army in 2009 at the rank of Colonel. Following his retirement, he spent seven years as an Associate Professor and Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and the UCONN Athletic Department.
About Dr. Christian Balldin: Dr. Balldin is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with TSAOG Orthopaedics. His previous team coverage experience includes the US Ski Team in Colorado, the San Antonio Talons, and the San Antonio Scorpions. He also serves as President of the Texas Society of Sports Medicine (TSSM).
Dr. Paul Pace – hand and wrist specialist and long time member of TSAOG – will be retiring from private practice, effective June 30th, 2018.
Current patients of Dr. Pace will have the option of transferring their care to another TSAOG physician or any other physician of their choice. If you are a current patient with Dr. Pace and have any questions about your medical records or continued care, please contact our main office at (210) 804-5400.
Dr. Pace joined TSAOG in 1998 and has served as an important leader in our practice for 20 years. According to TSAOG President Dr. Stephen Burkhart, “Dr. Pace was a driving force in the merger of four separate San Antonio orthopaedic practices into what is now known as TSAOG. He was a tireless worker on the TSAOG Management Committee, and was instrumental in the early success The Orthopaedic Surgery Center of San Antonio. He led TSAOG’s physician recruitment efforts for many years, and was responsible for recruiting most of our younger surgeons to TSAOG.
Despite an incredible appetite for work, Dr. Pace will always be known as a fun-loving guy who brightened everyone’s day with his Mardi Gras and Fiesta celebrations. […] And how about the Spurs? Was there ever a more devoted Spurs fan than Dr. Pace (ask the referees whose names and numbers were on his business cards so that they could be heckled in a more, er, personal manner)?
Professionally, Dr. Pace was a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, a highly prestigious organization that invites only the top hand surgeons in the U.S. to become members. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Pace found time to serve on the Board of Governors of the Tulane School of Medicine, and to participate as an active member of The Texas Cavaliers.
Finally, Dr. Pace has been a devoted family man. We are sure that his wife Peggy and his children will enjoy seeing more of him in retirement.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pace on an incredible career with TSAOG which has benefited so many people in San Antonio and South Texas. We will all miss him very much.”
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes (the plantar fascia) and a very common cause of heel pain. People suffering from plantar fasciitis generally report stabbing pain in the heel, which can be more severe in the morning. Treatment options for plantar fasciitis can range from simple stretching techniques to surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. I sat down to talk with Dr. David Hughes about EPAT, a nonsurgical treatment option for plantar fasciitis which is now available at TSAOG Orthopaedics.
What is EPAT?
EPAT stands for extracorporeal pulse activation technology, also known as shockwave therapy. The technique has been used for years in Europe and the US to treat numerous chronic inflammatory conditions.
How does it work?
EPAT uses high intensity sound waves to break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to areas where there is poor circulation, which stimulates healing.
How long does EPAT treatment take and how many treatments will I need?
Each session lasts about five minutes and patients will generally require between a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 treatments.
What does an EPAT treatment feel like?
EPAT treatment feels like getting snapped with a rubber band repeatedly initially, then dulls to the point where light pulses are noted.
When should I start to feel the treatment working?
It can take up to four weeks to feel pain relief, though some patients report immediate pain relief after their treatment.
Is EPAT treatment covered by insurance? How much does it cost?
Unfortunately, EPAT is not covered by insurance. Treatment cost is $495 for three treatments of one foot and $695 for three treatments on both feet. If a 4th or 5th treatment is required, there is a fee of $100 per treatment regardless of one or both feet.
What are the benefits of EPAT?
The biggest benefit is pain relief. Over 80% of EPAT patients report significantly reduced or eliminated pain. While no treatment is 100% effective, EPAT can help to heal chronic conditions that don’t respond to traditional treatment.
Additionally, since EPAT is a non-invasive therapy, there is no anesthesia required, no scarring, no risk of infection, and no recovery period after treatment. Patients don’t have to take time off work or stop their activities.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t try EPAT for plantar fasciitis?
EPAT is not recommended for people who have a pacemaker or are on blood thinners.
Dr. David Hughes is a podiatrist with TSAOG Orthopaedics. He has a special interest in the correction of foot disorders and deformities including arch disorders, hammertoes, bunions, turf toe, and charcot foot. He has appointments available at our Medical Center and Westover Hills locations.
Opening night of the 2017 NBA season was marred by a gruesome left ankle injury to Boston Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward only five minutes into the game. While jumping for an alley-oop, the 27 year old star player landed awkwardly on his left leg, suffering an ankle fracture-dislocation. The ankle was re-set on the court, splinted, and surgically stabilized the next day at New England Baptist Hospital. With a dedicated team of surgeons, physical therapists, and trainers, Gordon Hayward will face a long and challenging road to recovery. Along the way he will achieve milestones by re-learning to walk, run, and – hopefully – returning to play in the NBA.
Horrific ankle injuries like this are not limited to elite professional athletes and actually occur frequently to regular people performing routine daily activities like descending stairs, mowing the lawn, climbing ladders, or simply taking a misstep around the house. A displaced ankle fracture like to Gordon Hayward’s will require surgery to re-align the bones and to fix them, typically using small plates and screws to ensure that the fracture heals in proper position. Ensuring that the bones are fixed as close to normal as possible is the most important variable affecting outcome that physicians can control. Following surgery, a progressive therapy program is critical to ensuring maximal restoration of function. Even so, rehabilitation from an injury like this can take up to a year. We wish Mr. Hayward luck as he begins the long road to recovery.
Dr. Randall Marx is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He treats patients of all ages and is currently accepting new patients at five San Antonio area clinic locations. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Marx, please call (210) 281-9595 or visit his webpage.
When sports injuries happen, TSAOG’s sports medicine specialists routinely get the call to weigh in on the type of injury, how it is fixed, and what it could mean to the athlete in terms of rehab and recovery. With the Spurs reporting that Tony Parker has suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon, everyone wants to know what to expect and we actually had a few of our specialists interviewed yesterday by local media.
Dr. Josh Bell had an in depth discussion with ESPN San Antonio radio and also spoke with the Express-News to give a doctor’s view of the injury.
Dr. Lane Naugher spoke with 1200 WOAI Radio and said that, “This is a very bad injury” and that he expected it would be “at least six months before he is back to any type of basketball activities, maybe even nine months to a year before he would be cleared to play at any kind of elite level, like the NBA.” Read the full interview with Dr. Naugher here.
Please note: Our physicians are speaking only to the general nature of Tony Parker’s reported injury, not to his specific case.
Dr. DeBerardino is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a retired U.S. Army Veteran specializing in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and hip and reconstructive procedures of the knee and shoulder.
Rotator cuff tears, including arthroscopic treatment of massive tears and revisions / repairs
Throwing Problems and Pain in the Shoulder and Elbow
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries, Tommy John Procedure
Hip arthroscopy for management of hip conditions including FAI (femoroacetabular impingement), labral tears, trochanteric bursitis, ilitiotibial band syndrome, gluteal tendon, and proximal hamstring tendon tears
Knee Instability and Multiligament knee reconstructions
ACL , PCL Injuries and Arthroscopic Reconstruction
Meniscal Repairs and Transplantation
Cartilage preservation and restoration procedures of shoulder, elbow, hip and knee
Joint Replacement and Preservation:
Joint preservation arthroscopic procedures for shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee arthritis
Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Total Hip Replacement
Partial and Total Knee Replacement
Trauma and Fracture Care:
Upper and lower extremity fractures and dislocations