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The Achilles and Two Reasons Why It Might Be Hurting You

The Achilles and Two Reasons Why It Might Be Hurting You

Figure 1.:  The Calcaneal Bursa Sacs, picture from WebMD

The Achilles tendon is a rather avascular (lacking blood) thick tendon that is made up of two of your major back side calf muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus.  The tendon attaches into a part of your heel bone, the calcaneus, and this part is called the calcaneal tubercle. We have to major bursa sacs (bursa sacs are pockets that only fill with fluid when they are inflamed), the subcutaneous calcaneal bursa and the retrocalcaneal bursa (see figure 1 right). The subcutaneous bursa seldom presents as an issue, but the retrocalcaneal bursa can be a major headache. Continue Reading →

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Why Your Back Might Not Be Getting Better

Why Your Back Might Not Be Getting Better

There are many reasons as to why people develop back pain and luckily, conservative treatment can help most all of them.  Only in the rarest of instances is surgery needed.  The problem with treating back pain is that all too often the practitioner focuses so much on the pain that he/she doesn’t actually address what is causing the pain.  We’ve all been guilty of this!

I could write volumes on contributing factors to back pain but this blog was written to address one common problem that we are seeing more and more: a hypermobile sacroiliac joint (SIJ).  Now, the naysayer will try to suggest that this does not occur, but with over 18 years of treating sports and back injuries, I can assure you that it does, and it does with frequency.  I’ve seen this problem in active kids to my professional athlete clientele base.  It is usually not properly diagnosed as few practitioners know how to assess it. Continue Reading →