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    • January 30, 2014
    • Dr. Peter Millett Recognized by Orthopedics This Week as One of the Best Shoulder Surgeons in the US

    • Colorado orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Peter Millett has been recognized by Orthopedics This Week as one of the best shoulder surgeons in the US. This list of the top 28 shoulder surgeons represents leaders in their subspecialty chosen by their peers. In addition, U.S. News & World Reports has consistently ranked Dr. Millett among the top 1% of best orthopedic surgeons.Dr. Millett is well known in the orthopedic community for his innovative shoulder research previously conducted at Harvard Medical... MORE →
    • January 29, 2014
    • Dr. Richard Steadman to Retire From His Surgical Practice at The Steadman Clinic

    • Dr. J. Richard Steadman, founder of The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), has announced that he is retiring from his active surgical practice. Dr. Steadman looks forward to continuing to consult with his physician colleagues at The Steadman Clinic, focusing on the practice of evidence-based medicine to return patients to their active lifestyles.  He will also continue as co-chairman of the institute, the charitable entity known throughout the world for its res... MORE →
    • January 14, 2014
    • Women’s Health Column: Trouble with Urinary Incontinence?

    • As I stated in previous columns, studies show that 80 percent of us gals have trouble with incontinence at some point in our lives. However, just because it is common, does not mean it’s normal. Let’s continue the conversation. So you’ve been doing your kegels, keeping track of your intake and output, making sure you’re not going “just in case” and you’re still leaking.  I have been saving some things to tell you that you might not want to hear. You might have to give up coffee. Or wine ... G... MORE →
    • December 10, 2013
    • Tips to Retrain Your Bladder

    • So we ended last month’s column talking about getting control over your bladder and improving its ability to hold larger (or normal!) amounts of urine. As we continue to discuss disciplining your bladder, keep the following tips in mind: Even with a well-disciplined bladder, you will need to pee at some point.  This is normal and healthy and good. What goes in must come out—in fairly similar proportions, which means if you drink an entire liter of fluid in one sitting, don’t expect to be able... MORE →
    • November 19, 2013
    • Howard Head Sports Medicine's Stephanie Drew Talks Incontinence & Bladder Irritants

    • So, you’ve been doing Kegels. Go you! Seeing improvements? I hope so! If not, don’t lose hope! Let me tell you a little bit more about your bladder. Last column, I mentioned a "feedback loop" between your pelvic floor and your bladder. The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that sits fairly low in your pelvis. When it fills with urine, it stretches like a water balloon. When your bladder contracts, your pelvic floor should relax, and voila! You pee! The reverse is also true. When your pelvic ... MORE →
    • November 5, 2013
    • Vail Daily Health Feature: Have a Surgery-Free Ski Season

    • At age 39, local skier Ian Gray had never broken a bone or torn a ligament. It wasn’t until last season — on one of Vail’s biggest powder days of the year — when Gray found himself seriously injured for the first time in his life.“It was Feb. 15, and the weather had really taken a turn for the worst,” he explained. “We were dropping into Yonder, and I was going pretty fast. I couldn’t see anything and was relying on my knees to cushion the turns.”Suddenly, Gray’s fresh tracks turned to a sheet o... MORE →
    • October 15, 2013
    • Ask A Sports Doc: Does a Broken Collarbone Require Surgery?

    • Dr. Rick Cunningham is a knee and shoulder sports medicine specialist with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. He is a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and chief of surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center. Visit to submit topic ideas. For more information about Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, visit . Question: I broke my collarbone mountain biking. Will I need surgery?Answer: Broken collarbones or fractured clavicles are common injuries, accounting for about 3 percent of all fractures seen in adults. Eighty perc... MORE →
    • October 9, 2013
    • Competitive Insight: Training and Competing at High Altitude

    • Question: I am a competitive ultramarathon runner. Will training at high altitude improve my time?Answer: High altitude is typically defined as being above 5,000 feet in elevation. When an athlete trains at altitude, the first thing that happens is that their heart rate and respiratory rate increase. This even occurs at rest. This helps counter the lower partial pressure of oxygen in the air at altitude. Remember, even at sea level, oxygen comprises only 20.9 percent of the air we breathe. In re... MORE →
    • October 2, 2013
    • Spoke, Scalpel, Repeat

    • Beep, beep, beep. A swift hand silences the alarm as to not wake a sleeping wife. At 4:30 a.m., Dr. Erik Dorf prepares for another busy day. He still has six hours until he needs to be at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics for work. He isn’t thinking about that, though – this part of the day is for him alone. The dust glows bright behind his spinning tires as the first rays of light hit the trail. In the back of his mind he knows that every hour of training will help him in his upcoming 100-mile competiti... MORE →
    • September 30, 2013
    • Put Up Your Flu Shield

    • If you were going to a place where malaria was rampant, you would make a point to get vaccinated. Embarking on flu season here in the United States, the need for protection is equally important. “The flu shot has been proven to be the most effective prevention of the flu and now the influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone. It used to be you had to have certain diseases or be immunocompromised, but now it’s recommended for all people older than six months with rare exception,” says Michael... MORE →