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We invite you to browse through these articles written by Dr. Cunningham and members of his team on orthopedics and sports medicine

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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 »

Biceps Tendon Tears

The biceps muscle of your arm has two tendons that come off the top end of the muscle and attach to different parts of the scapula and then then one tendon at the bottom end that attaches down near the elbow onto the radius bone in the forearm. The biceps acts to supinate your forearm… Read more »

What is a Physician Assistant (PA) and What Do They Do?

The physician assistant (PA) profession first began in 1965, and has flourished, and growing every year since. Physician assistants are medical professionals trained in general medicine with the option for working and specializing in a specific field. Often, people have a misunderstanding about what exactly we do. A common question we receive is “So are… Read more »

Pectoralis Major Tendon Ruptures

I recently saw a 32 year old male patient in the office who said he was weight lifting when he felt a tearing sensation and had immediate pain and later bruising and swelling in his chest wall and arm pit area. Furthermore, when he flexed his chest musculature, there was an obvious deformity. He had… Read more »