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Back to Skiing 67,000 Vertical After Two Knee Replacements

Jeanne pictured here with her family.  Jeanne Nedrelow, originally from Minnesota, moved to Vail in 1979. Vail is the perfect place for this garden designer who has skied 67,000 vertical in a day as well as 2 million vertical in a year and averages 1,250,000 vertical annually. And, this is after having two knee surgeries… Read more »

Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow: What’s the Difference?

Cooler late summer weather in the valley makes for perfect conditions to hit the links or local courts. This time of year is host to some of the most prestigious tennis and golf tournaments in the world including the US Open Tennis Championship, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.  Golf and tennis enthusiasts will be spending… Read more »

Shoulder Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Shoulder (glenohumeral joint) osteoarthritis is less common than arthritis affecting the knee or hip, which are weight bearing joints. Shoulder arthritis is classified as being either primary or secondary. What Causes Shoulder Arthritis?  Primary arthritis tends to be seen in adults over the age of 60 as a result of “wear and tear.” Patients under… Read more »

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUPing) Shoulder, Elbow and Back Injury Prevention

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUPing, has exploded in popularity recently, and more and more people in the Vail Valley are getting into it. SUPing can be a wonderful form of exercise that focuses on core and upper body strength, and it’s accessible to everyone from Class IV whitewater adrenaline junkies to those looking for… Read more »

Back to Sports after ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Maintain Your Knee Health through Strength, Flexibility, Balance and Agility Training

A year has passed since you underwent ACL reconstruction surgery on your knee and you are ready to return to sports. Whether you are an avid skier or ultrarunner or play on your high school soccer team, you will want to take good care in maintaining the quality of both your knee and the surrounding… Read more »

What are Femoral Osteotomies & Why Do We Perform Them in Orthopedics?

Osteotomies, or bone cutting and realignment procedures, have been used by orthopedic surgeons long before joint replacements were being done. The main indication for an osteotomy is to change one’s alignment and unweight one side of the knee joint that may be arthritic and painful. Today, we still perform osteotomies in people who are too… Read more »

Repeated Shoulder Dislocations Cause Increased Damage to the Shoulder

People who live here in the mountains tend to play hard. Injuries are not uncommon. It is not unusual for me to see young people in my office who have dislocated one or both of their shoulders. When someone dislocates their shoulder for the first time, the initial injury is usually due to a high… Read more »

Infection Control After Orthopedic Surgery

Both patients and surgeons worry about infections occurring after surgery. Fortunately, the risk of infection following orthopedic surgery performed in the Vail Valley is about 0.3%. This risk is about 1% in several Denver area hospitals. However, our hospitals, surgical centers and surgeons cannot take all the credit for achieving lower rates of surgical site… Read more »

Baseball Throwing Injuries and Orthopedics

The baseball pitch has been extensively studied and can be divided into several stages: windup, early cocking, late cocking, acceleration, deceleration and follow-through. During throwing, there is a transmission of forces from the lower extremities and core to the upper extremity. The transition point between the late cocking and acceleration phase is the most critical… Read more »

Motorcross Injuries & Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

The snow has already melted off many of the trails down valley, and with that comes motocross for some and mountain biking, hiking, and trail running for others. Motocross is a very strenuous sport. Motocross is gaining in popularity with more dirt tracks being made. Although motocross athletes wear protective gear, injuries are not uncommon.… Read more »