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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
Types of Tendon Injury
By Whitney Lowe, LMT
The primary function of a tendon is to transmit the contraction force of its associated muscle to the bone. Consequently, the tendon needs to have sufficient tensile strength. Tendons have various shapes, such as the sheet-like aponeurosis of the latissimus dorsi or the long, pencil-like structure of the biceps brachii.They are constructed with parallel collagen fibers running the length of the tendon. The longitudinal arrangement of the collagen fibers gives the tendon its tensile strength.
Tendons are a fundamental part of the contractile unit. The tensile strength in a tendon can be more than twice that of its associated muscle.1 As a result, they are rarely torn. Even in muscles where complete ruptures occur, such as the biceps brachii or triceps surae group, the rupture usually is at the musculotendinous junction or in the muscle fibers. The musculotendinous junction is the weak point in the entire contractile unit because it's where the two different tissue types (muscle and tendon) meet.
In some cases, the muscle fibers remain intact and the tendon tears or pulls away from its attachment site on the bone (another instance where different tissue types meet). This is known as an avulsion. More often, tendons are damaged with internal structural pathologies such as tendinosis and tenosynovitis. These conditions generally result from repetitive overuse as opposed to an acute injury.
The most common pathological problem involving tendons used to be referred to as tendinitis but is now more correctly known as tendinosis, which means abnormal condition of the tendon. Tendinitis implies an inflammatory condition and it previously was believed that chronic overuse lead to tendon fiber tearing and inflammation. We now know this does not occur in most overuse tendon pathologies. True tendinitis, or tendon fiber tearing with inflammation, occurs but it's a rare condition.2
Recent investigation of tendon overuse dysfunction shows most overuse tendon pathologies are devoid of inflammatory cells and instead involve a breakdown in the collagen matrix.3,4 Because of the lack of inflammatory activity in these conditions, the term tendinosis is encouraged. The term tendinosis does not specify the pathological process, only that the tendon is dysfunctional. High levels or prolonged periods of tensile stress on the tendon can lead to collagen breakdown. While any tendon can develop tendinosis, tendons in the extremities are more susceptible. Another result of chronic load on the tendon is alteration in the tendon's vascularity (blood flow). An increase in vascularity is indicated in some studies, while other research shows decreased vascularity. Either problem contributes to chronic tendon pathology.
Even though there is significant research and evidence showing it's the pathology of tendinosis occurring, physician diagnosis and rehabilitation practitioners often call this injury tendinitis. Rehabilitation, in many cases, continues to focus on anti-inflammatory treatment strategies, rather than collagen rebuilding. In some cases, the use of anti-inflammatory medication, such as corticosteroid injections or oral anti-inflammatory medications, can be detrimental for healing collagen degeneration.5 Overuse tendon disorders can take a long time to heal due to the slow rebuilding of collagen. If tendon fiber tearing (tendinitis) were the primary problem, the tissue would heal rather quickly as it moves through the various stages of the inflammation and tissue repair process. Collagen rebuilding is a slow process and tendinosis can become chronic or recurrent.
Another chronic overuse tendon problem is tenosynovitis, which is an inflammation and/or irritation between a tendon and its surrounding synovial sheath. This condition affects only those tendons enclosed within a synovial sheath. The synovial sheath is also called the epitenon. The synovial sheath surrounds tendons in the distal extremities and a few other locations, such as the biceps brachii long head tendon as it travels through the bicipital groove. The sheath reduces friction between the tendon and the retinaculum (or, infrequently, a ligament) that binds the tendon close to the joint. The tendon must be able to glide freely within the sheath.
Chronic overloading or excess friction leads to adhesion between the tendon and its sheath. The adhesions cause a roughening of the surface between the tendon and its sheath, and a subsequent inflammatory reaction results. The rough tendon surface routinely produces crepitus (grating sensations) when the muscle-tendon unit and affected joint are moved through their range of motion. The symptoms of tendinosis and tenosynovitis are similar, but one can help distinguish between the two by determining if the tendon has a synovial sheath. If it does, tenosynovitis is possible. If there is no sheath, tendinosis is probably the cause.
An avulsion is an acute tendon injury resulting from high tensile loads, in which a tendon is forcibly torn away from its attachment site on the bone. In a majority of tensile stress injuries of the musculotendinous unit, fiber tearing occurs at the musculotendinous junction producing a strain. In some other cases these fibers remains intact and the tendon pulls away from its bony attachment site.
Avulsion injuries occur in regions where a large muscle attaches at a relatively small site on the bone, such as the hamstring attachment.
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