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    • August 15, 2013
    • Diet & Inflammation

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process following an injury. It’s easy to see inflammation taking place when we have an injury, with the area becoming noticeably red, warm, and swollen although some inflammation is not noticeable. It can occur during infection, immunologic reactions, obesity, poor diet and is sometimes a part of our genetic predisposition. Acute inflammation leads to repair of the ... MORE →
    • August 9, 2013
    • Get to Know Eagle County’s Only Certified Women’s Health Physical Therapist: Stephanie Drew

    • Having practiced physical therapy for 10 years, including work with orthopaedic patients, Stephanie Drew has specialized in women’s health at Howard Head Sports Medicine since 2009, helping transform the lives of both women and men of all ages dealing with sensitive problems in the body’s nether regions. Drew is one of just 194 physical therapists in the United States with a board certification in women’s health. What exactly does this mean? Let her tell you. She will be the first to say that “i... MORE →
    • July 23, 2013
    • Year One: Success

    • One year ago, the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards opened with high hopes. The vision was the beautiful new center would better serve the entire valley's medical needs, offering excellent surgical treatments in a warm and friendly mid-valley location, easily accessible from both ends of Eagle County.The success was not certain though. Would the valley's residents agree with the vision?Apparently so. Since its opening in June 2012, the Vail Valley Surgery Center – Edwards has performed more ... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • The Best Health Apps for Eating, Sleeping and Working Out

    • Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. She suggests the following great apps to reach your fitness and nutrition potential.Seafoodwatch (free)Ever wonder which fish are sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, wild caught and not full of contaminants? Check this app out to select the best choices! (free)Which foods should you buy conventional vs. organic? This app ranks food based on pesticide residue. (free)This is a wildly popular app that grades your food A-D base... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • Professional Pains

    • We spend at least a third of our lives working, so it’s not surprising our jobs affect our health. Work-related health problems are typically thought of as caused by accidents, toxic chemicals or jobs that threaten one’s safety, such as being a fisherman, which currently has the highest fatality rate among U.S. occupations. (There’s a reason why a reality show about fishermen is called “Deadliest Catch.”)What many don’t think about is how non life-threatening environments, such as working in an ... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Nourishing Medicine

    • Getting sick or having an accident that results in surgery is a major life event. But sometimes a stay in the hospital is just the beginning of what can be a long road to recovery. Being laid up at home, fragile and tired, can be difficult and seem interminable. There’s a reason chicken noodle soup is used almost medicinally when people are under the weather — it’s both comforting and nutritious, the perfect balance for someone in recovery. Because no matter how skilled the surgeons are, a body... MORE →
    • June 20, 2013
    • Got Visitors?

    • Naturally, not every visitor is fit for a brisk haul up the mountain or an afternoon on the slopes. But because Vail Valley Medical Center is situated closer to the pulse of a resort than most any other topnotch hospital, it seems a shame to deprive visitors of at least some means of exploring the mountains. Mere steps away is the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vail Mountain, so it’s easy to get at least a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling terrain. It doesn’t have to be a hike from bottom to top — but it... MORE →
    • June 19, 2013
    • Ask an Expert

    • Question: I LOVE RUNNING BUT I’M STARTING TO GET PRETTY BEAT UP. DO YOU RECOMMEND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MILES PER WEEK FOR A RECREATIONAL RUNNER?Answer: This is always a challenging question to answer, especially when working with avid runners! There is not a hard and fast number of weekly miles that applies to all individuals regarding the point at which an overuse injury may occur. Through my nearly 20 years of experience, I have appreciated an increase in overuse-type injuries when recreational... MORE →
    • June 17, 2013
    • USSA Honors Dr. Tom Hackett

    • Tom Hackett, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, was selected for the 2013 USSA J. Leland Sosman Award recognizing his commitment to the medical coverage and service to the USSA.Dr. Hackett has been the head team physician for US Snowboarding and a member of the medical committee for 10 years. He served athletes in the Olympic Winter Games and played an "integral role in planning for the upcoming 2013 Games" according to the report. Dr. J. Leland Sosman, known af... MORE →
    • May 20, 2013
    • New ‘Ask a Sports Doc’ Column Makes its Debut

    • I have a question for Dr. Cunningham. I am a finish carpenter from Eagle and recently had immediate pain in my knee after simply standing up from a squatting position. There is now sharp pain at times in my knee especially when I rotate or pivot on the knee. What do you think it is?— In Pain, EagleDear In Pain,You probably tore one of the meniscus cartilages in your knee. I see a large number of patients like yourself in the office who suffer isolated meniscal tear in their 40s or 50s given all ... MORE →