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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
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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