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Clavicle fractures: What you need to know before you hit the slopes

Mountain biking season may be winding down, but ski and snowboarding season has already begun. Clavicle fractures often result from these high-energy activities. Most commonly, clavicle (collarbone) fractures are a result of a direct blow to the shoulder.  Frequently, a fall over the handlebars of a bike or catching an edge on a snowboard and… Read more »

Cell therapy: A promising alternative to surgery

Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma Regenerative medicine is the latest game-changer in orthopedics, utilizing a patient’s own cells to accelerate repair and recovery. Various treatments like platelet rich plasma (PRP) and mesenchymal stem cell therapy (MSC) have shown to be promising non-surgical  options for the some more commonly seen orthopedic issues. Osteoarthritis, tendonitis,… Read more »

Shoulder Instability: Bony Bankart Lesions

Shoulder instability can be a frustrating and painful issue to deal with for athletes of all kinds. Often, younger athletes, especially males from age 18-25, or those participating in high-risk activities, are the most susceptible to shoulder subluxations or dislocations. Most commonly, athletes report to us that they fell forcefully on an outstretched hand and… Read more »

I Think I Tore My ACL: Now What?

The town is buzzing with excitement over the recent snowfall here in the Vail Valley! While we wish everyone a safe winter season, with just 52 days until the opening of Vail Mountain, we want our winter enthusiasts to be informed about ACL injury and what to expect if you experience a forceful twisting injury… Read more »

Knee Dislocation: A Rare But Serious Injury

Knee dislocations are a rare but very serious injury. In a knee dislocation, the hinge joint of the knee, made up by the thigh bone (femur) articulating on the shin bone (the tibia) is disrupted. In order for the knee joint to dislocate, at least two major ligaments about the knee must tear and more… Read more »

Volleyball Injuries Span Shoulders, Legs And Hands

Rotator cuff tendonitis Rotator cuff tendonitis is often associated with repetitive overhead activities and we see it in patients who do housekeeping, construction work and various other actions and sports (throwing and volleyball). There is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons and the lubricating bursa above the tendons. The most common symptom is an aching pain in… Read more »

Kayakers and Shoulder Dislocations

How does a shoulder dislocate: Shoulder dislocations that happen in the river relatively occur the same way they happen on land. The arm gets into a “position of vulnerability” and a traumatic force overwhelms the structures holding the humeral head in the socket. The position of vulnerability is when the arm is abducted (away from… Read more »

That Knee Pain Could Be Arthritis

Degenerative arthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage between the bones starts to break down and wear away. Our active lifestyles increase the wear and tear on our joints. An estimated 33.6% (12.4 million) adults over the age of 65 will be affected by degenerative arthritis. Isolated kneecap arthritis (patellofemoral arthritis) is the breakdown of cartilage under… Read more »