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B. Christian Balldin, M.D.

Sports Medicine


Dr. Balldin is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with TSAOG Orthopaedics. He is fellowship trained in sports medicine, certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), and treats patients aged 6 years and up for any sports-related injury as well as conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee.

As a sports medicine physician, Doctor Balldin has a special interest in sports injuries and arthroscopic repair and reconstruction of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He has appointments available at our Schertz, Ridgewood, and Quarry Area locations.

Dr. Balldin is an orthopaedic surgeon well versed in treating musculoskeletal ailments.  He has fellowship training in sports medicine by some of the pioneers of shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy and reconstruction.  In addition to his sports medicine specialty training and care for all sports injuries he also treats fractures and performs total joint replacements.

Dr. Balldin was born in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to San Antonio, Texas where he attended and graduated from Winston Churchill High School.  He was very involved in soccer during his entire youth and was the team captain of both his high school and club teams.  He received a soccer scholarship to attend Furman University – a Division 1 NCAA school in South Carolina.  For personal reasons he returned to Texas and continued his NCAA collegiate athletic career at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and became a Brother Daniel Lynch Scholar.  Here he graduated summa cum laude a semester early with a bachelor’s degree.  He also obtained a second bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio with magna cum laude honors.  In addition to already being a proud Texan, he became a United States citizen as well.   

Dr. Balldin continued his education at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School where he was a Merck Scholar.  His orthopaedic residency education was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he was actively involved in covering local high school football teams throughout his training.  Following residency he was selected for the very prestigious Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado for his orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship.  During his time in Colorado he continued to be a team physician covering a local high school and all its sports teams.  He also had the opportunity to be a physician covering the US Ski Team during the 2011-2012 season and help take care of athletes from MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA and many professional soccer leagues from around the United States and the world.

Dr. Balldin has published scientific investigations and continues to be involved in research.  He enjoys teaching and wishes to continue developing his clinical practice in addition to furthering orthopaedic knowledge.  He wants to provide optimum care for his patients.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and chasing after their three young children.  He is also a sports enthusiast that likes the great outdoors, triathlons and working out.

Dr. Balldin was named in SA Scene’s list of SA Doctors: Best of 2017 as well as Texas Super Doctors® Rising StarsSM 2016, a peer nominated list featured in Texas Monthly.

View Dr. Balldin’s CV 
View Dr. Balldin’s Patient Information Sheet


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Sports Medicine

  • Shoulder arthroscopy and reconstructions
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Knee instability
  • Shoulder instability
  • Labral tears of the hip / Labral repair
  • ACL tears / ACL reconstruction
  • Meniscal tears / Meniscal repair
  • Arthroscopic management of femoroacetabular impingement and labral tears of the hip, trochanteric bursitis and snapping iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
  • Proximal hamstring tears
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Knee arthroscopy as well as complex knee ligament reconstructions and osteotomies
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Cartilage defects / Cartilage restoration procedures of shoulder, hip and knee

 Total Joint Replacement

 Trauma and Fracture Care

  • Upper and lower extremity injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations involving the clavicle, upper and lower arm, wrist, hip, upper and lower leg, patella, and ankle
  • Knee injuries
  • AC joint dislocations
  • Acute traumatic injuries of biceps, triceps, quadriceps, patellar and Achilles tendons


  • AC Joint Injuries aka Separated Shoulder
  • Biceps Tendon Injuries
  • Clavicle Fractures
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Scapulothoracic Bursitis aka Snapping Scapula
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • SLAP Tears
  • Sternoclavicular Joint Injuries
  • Subacromial Impingement


  • ACL Injuries   |   Conservative Treatment / Surgical ACL Reconstruction
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • FCL Injuries
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Multi-Ligament Injuries
  • Malalignment
  • MCL Injuries
  • Patellar Tendon Tears
  • Patella Fractures
  • PCL Injuries
  • Proximal Tibio-Fibular Joint Instability
  • Quadricep Tendon Tears
  • Tibial Plateau Fractures



  • Achilles Tendon Tears
  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Impingement


  • Elbow Fractures
  • Golfer’s Elbow aka Medial Epicondylitis
  • Tennis Elbow aka Lateral Epicondylitis

Clinical Coordinator
Amanda C: 210.593.1420

Phone: 210.281.9595
Fax: 210.582.2670

Referrals and Authorizations
Phone: 210.804.5600
Fax: 210.804.5601

Billing Specialist
Phone: 210.396.5369
Fax: 210.804.6801


Amador Cruz, P.A.Amador Cruz, P.A.

Physician Assistant to Dr. Christian Balldin

T: (210) 593-1420
F: (210) 593-1423

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Call (210) 804-5400
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  • Ridgewood
    Ridgewood Orthopaedic Center
    19138 US-281 N
    San Antonio, TX 78258
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  • Quarry Area
    The Orthopaedic Institute
    400 Concord Plaza Dr.
    San Antonio, TX 78216
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  • Schertz
    Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza
    5000 Schertz Parkway, #600
    Schertz, TX 78154
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Clinical Coordinator
Amanda C: 210.593.1420

Phone: 210.281.9595
Fax: 210.582.2670

Referrals and Authorizations
Phone: 210.804.5600
Fax: 210.804.5601

Billing Specialist
Phone: 210.396.5369
Fax: 210.804.6801