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Posts for: March, 2011

By contactus
March 09, 2011
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New Techniques for Tendonitis, Bursitis, Chronic Muscle Strains, and Ligament Sprains

As you know these problems are very common in our society. Like back pain, you or someone you know, is probably affected by this in one or more areas. Soft tissue problems can limit our capacity to participate in sports, work, or do things with our families or friends. Soft tissue injuries can be a result of: 1) overuse, 2) inadequate treatment of a major injury, 3) compensation for incorrect positioning and posture, 4) diminished nerve innervation, or 5) a combination of these.


Basic treatments help with simple sprains, strains, or tendonitis, but many of the techniques used are inadequate or may even cause additional problems. Fortunately, health care science has improved over the years and there are additional protocols, which provide maximum recovery in the shortest amount of time. If you follow sports you can see how injuries that would have sidelined an athlete for a long time, or even stopped one's career, are now resolving much quicker and with fewer residuals.

Treatment, which includes cold laser, specific manual techniques, and modified rehabilitative routines, provide the best results. These treatment protocols will help to break up fibrosis, scar tissue, and improve flexibility. Many professional sports teams are now using these therapies to help their athletes. Don Halladay with the Philadelphia Phillies is one example.

Treatment with these therapies has produced outstanding results for my patients too. Conditions that were previously unresponsive to care have improved greatly.


Contact me for more information, testimonials or questions. Email or call 415-334-1919. More next month. Brian Balbon, BSc Eng, DC, QME


Brief Glossary -

Ligaments are composed of elastin and collagen protein. An example of a ligament in the spine would be the capsular ligament, which joins two facets of vertebra. In the knee, the lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments help to attach the femur and tibia/fibula. Problems with ligaments can include sprains and tears.

Tendons connect the muscles to the bones. Tendons are at the end of muscles. One location would be the tendon that connects the extensor muscles of the forearm with the outside part of the elbow. Another location of a tendon is where the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder connect to the upper arm bone, the humerus. Examples of problems are tendonitis or a tear.

Muscles can be large and powerful like that of the gluteal muscle in the buttock or small, like the multifidus, which run between adjoining vertebra. Muscles can have sprains or tears.

Bursas are sack-like structures near joints that allow for the smooth movement of tendons and muscles. Problems with these structures are typically referred to as bursitis. Bursitis is usually secondary to improper movement in joints.


Henderson, DC, PhD and Cramer DC, PhD, JACA, 2004 -"The longer soft tissue problems go on without treatment the worse the prognosis for success."




Chiropractor - San Francisco, Brian Balbon, D.C., 2460 Mission Street -218, San Francisco CA, 94110 415-648-6054 or 1831 Ocean Ave San Francisco