Dr. Vonda Wright, MD

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  • Director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA)

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  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    There are a lot of different ways to do strength training. It is not necessary to have access to a weight machine. Free weights -- such as dumbbells, exercise bands, and your own body -- are all excellent weights to carry. Some strength coaches actually prefer free weights and exercise bands over sta...Read More
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    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who choose at-home physical therapy instead of in-patient rehabilitation after knee replacement surgery do just as well when it comes to complications, long-term pain management and movement recovery, new research indicates.

    "Based on ...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    For sudden onset runners (and swimmers and cyclists, for that matter), acute tendonitis from sudden increases in activity intensity can slowly progress to tendonosis. Tendonosis is chronic structural changes to the tendon, when the normally white, gleaming, pulled-taffy appearance of the tendon is...Read More
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    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who've had hip replacement surgery might safely be able to drive as soon as two weeks after the procedure, a new small study finds.

    This rapid return to getting behind the wheel is due to improvements in surgery, pain management an...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    With muscle, you truly will lose it if you don't use it. Have you ever had your arm or leg in a cast? Do you remember how tight the cast was against your skin when the doctor put it on? Perhaps it even felt confining and uncomfortable. Within a week or so, the cast became looser, and you could see clear...Read More
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    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery appears to lower professional baseball pitchers' performance and shorten their careers, a new study finds.

    Researchers looked at 33 major league pitchers who had surgery twice to reconstruct ...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More and more middle-aged Americans are replacing their hips damaged by severe arthritis -- a surgery that used to be largely reserved for elderly people, a new study reports.

    Researchers found that between 2002 and 2011, the rate of hip-replace...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    I advise patients with x-ray evidence of end stage arthritis that the time is right for joint replacement surgery when you have exhaused the non-surgical care of arthritis (PT, NSAIDS, hyalguronic acid injections), you "can't take the pain another day" or when your function is compromized and you...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Knee arthroscopy is surgery performed inside the knee joint using tiny incisions, the size of a pencil.  Although the surgery is minimally invasive on the outside, many complex procedures can be performed through these incisions on the inside.  Examples of injuries that can be treated arthroscopically...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel of the wrist. The median nerve is one of the large nerves that supplies sensation and muscle signaling in the forearm, wrist, and hand. The median nerve originates from the brachial plexus which is a large collection...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    In this video, I will explain why it's important to take notes during your doctor's visit. Watch for information on how to get the most from your time with your doctor. Read More
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    FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Improvements in bunion surgery have led to faster and less painful recovery, according to foot doctors.

    A bunion is a bump near the base of the big toe that is caused by the misalignment of bones in the foot. About two-thirds of American adults w...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    If you are just beginning to exercise, read the seven questions listed below. This is a simple checklist, designed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, to determine whether or not you need to check with your doctor to receive medical clearance to exercise. When in doubt, however, always...Read More
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    TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When an older patient breaks the upper arm, surgery is often no better than simply immobilizing the limb, according to a new study.

    The British researchers say the findings are important, because they counter a growing trend toward surgery in th...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    You can calculate your target heart rate by following these three steps:
    1. Subtract your age from 220. This is your maximum heart rate (MaxHR).
    2. Multiple your MaxHR by 0.85. This is your maximum target rate.
    3. Multiple your MaxHR by 0.50. This is your minimum target rate.

    If you are 50 years...Read More