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Two of the main tendons to the thumb pass through a tunnel (or series of pulleys) located on the thumb side of the wrist. Tendons are rope-like structures that attach muscle to bone. Tendons are covered by a slippery thin soft-tissue layer, called synovium. This...

Because it’s probably tendinosis. Often, chronic tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis), which lasts more than 6 weeks is really tendinosis (also spelled tendonosis). The difference is that acute, short-term tendonitis is thought to be caused by inflammation, which is an active immune response of the body...

Scientific studies have shown an increase in fibroblast recruitment and fibroblast activation with Astym treatment, which reveal the body’s underlying physiological response to Astym. These studies highlight the regenerative mechanism of Astym treatment and help us understand how Astym treatment results in the regeneration of...

Astym treatment is effective in resolving many soft tissue problems, including chronic tendinopathies, tendon pain, tendon injury, stiffness, restricted movement, limited function and other conditions associated with adhesions or scar tissue that can occur after trauma or surgical intervention. It is also quite effective on...

Astym treatment is a regenerative therapy provided by specially trained (and certified) physical and occupational therapists. Instruments are applied topically (on top of the skin) to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) soft tissue, and to transfer pressure and shear forces to the underlying soft tissue structures. The...

The tough band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes is called the plantar fascia. It supports the arch of your foot, and when it becomes irritated or degenerated, then you have what is called plantar fasciitis (other names include: plantar fasciosis,...

Over time, internal scar tissue or adhesions can build up in your joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues. It can be caused by working your body too much, injury (such as sprains, strains, and trauma), surgery, disease, or just by moving and not being in absolute...

Thomas L. Sevier, MD, FACSM is a double board certified physician, consultant, author and medical researcher. As a team physician and event physician, he has provided medical coverage for many high-profile sporting events. Dr. Sevier established the first ACGME accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship in the...

Tendons are the tough tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. Often, tendons become painful and limit movement. For years, almost all conditions of painful tendons were referred to as tendonitis.  Tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) literally means that a tendon has inflammation, so doctors...