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Dr. Rick Cunningham: Save your ACL

Dr. Rick Cunningham: Save your ACL

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears of the knee commonly occur in skiing and other cutting and pivoting sports. Historically, patients who suffered an ACL tear ended up having ACL reconstruction…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: MOON study on ACL reconstruction

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: MOON study on ACL reconstruction

Q: What’s new in ACL Reconstruction? A: Recently, the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) published their data on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. The MOON group studied over 4,000 patients…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff

Q: I was recently diagnosed with calcium deposits in one of the rotator cuff tendons of my shoulder. How do you treat this? A: Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: The older athlete

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: The older athlete

Q: How important is exercise for remaining healthy as we age? A: There is a very gradual decline in human organ system performance as we age. In the musculoskeletal system,…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Driving after orthopedic surgery

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Driving after orthopedic surgery

Q: Doc, I recently saw you for a torn meniscus. How long until I can drive after my surgery? A: Here in the mountains, virtually all of us rely on…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Recognizing and treating stress fractures in young athletes

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Recognizing and treating stress fractures in young athletes

Q: My 16 year old daughter runs for her high school cross country team and she is getting worsening shin pain. What do you think is causing this? A: Your…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: What to do about IT band tendonitis

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: What to do about IT band tendonitis

Q: I am a runner and I think I have IT band tendonitis. What can I do for it? A: Iliotibial band (IT) syndrome is a common cause of pain…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: pitching injuries in little league baseball

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: pitching injuries in little league baseball

Q: With baseball season upon us, I received a question from a local baseball coach asking me to explain what happens inside the shoulder and elbow during pitching. A: The…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Treating osteoarthritis

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: Treating osteoarthritis

Q: I have arthritis in my knees. What proven treatments are out there besides knee replacement surgery? A: With people living longer, the number of people affected by osteoarthritis (OA)…

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: rotator cuff tears

Ask a Sports Medicine Doc: rotator cuff tears

Q: I continue to have pain and weakness in my shoulder several months after falling on the ice. What could be going on? A: You may have a rotator cuff…

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