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 answered:
    The following lower back stretches will help alleviate lower back pain:
    1. Begin on your knees.
    2. Place your hands in front of you on an exercise ball or the seat of a chair.
    3. While keeping your back flat, reach forward with your arms and lower your buttocks to your feet. You will feel a stretch
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  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    We lose lean muscle mass beginning around age 50. By age 80, we have lost 50 percent of our lean muscle mass. People who are sedentary lose 15 percent of their muscle mass each decade between ages 50 and 70, and 30 percent per decade after age 70. Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Our bones are made of a dense outer cortex and a spongy inner matrix of boney arches and bridges called trabeculae. When we age, we lose a number of these trabeculae. After age 40, women lose bone twice as fast as men at a range of 1.5 -- 2 percent per year. This rate increases to 3 percent per year...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    During your workouts, periodically check your heart rate. If you have a heart rate monitor (a device worn on your chest and wrist that can detect and track your heart rate while you are being active), you can set the alarm limits around your target heart range.

    If you do not have a monitor, you can...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Connective tissue, such as ligaments and tendons, are inherently stiffer with aging. This is the result of an age-related loss of tissue water content and maturation of the collagen in ligaments and tendons. In addition, many systemic diseases can make these tissues stiffer. As a result, joint motion...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Aching pain in the shoulders is often due to tendonitis of the rotator cuff tendons or rotator cuff tears. Injury to these muscles usually presents over the lateral deltoid muscle. If your pain is located at the base of your neck and in your trapezius muscle this is often due to your body trying...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    If you have or have had breast cancer, research published suggests that a few hours of walking or other exercise each week may help you live longer. In a Harvard University study of nearly 3,000 women, those who exercised the equivalent of walking about one hour a week at a pace of two to three miles...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Hip fractures are common in elderly individuals with osteoporosis that sustain falls. They are often associated with pain, deformity, and loss of function. These factors, as well as previous health status and prolonged immobilization associated with untreated fractures, place these individuals at...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Many studies have shown that regular exercise lowers your blood pressure, and thus the work your heart has to do. This effect is independent of a person's age or body mass index or the presence of diabetes. Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Muscles are made of protein, and their building blocks are the amino acids. When you use your muscles in daily activity or exercise, they are broken down. But protein repairs this damage and rebuilds muscle. Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Absolutely.  Shoulder resurfacing removes the arthritic cartilage from the humeral head and leaves a majority of the bone intact.  The surgery can be performed with and without replacement of the glenoid (shoulder blade).  As with all shoulder replacement procedures, shoulder resurfacing is a procedure primarily...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Fat produces many hormones that cause high blood sugar (resistin), high blood pressure (angio tensinogen), accumulation of plaque and inflammation in our arteries, and regulates our blood lipids. Fat around our middles (visceral fat) is much more productive than peripheral fat (the fat under our...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Hip bursitis is also called iliotibial band syndrome (ITB).  It is caused by muscle imbalance in the pelvis and weakness in the gluteus medius (butt) muscle. This weakness causes tightening of the tensor fascia lata and ITB. The tightness causes a "friction" rub over the greater troch bursa (a bursa...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The hamstring stretch can be performed lying on the ground or may be as simple as raising your heel up on a stool or chair and leaning forward. I do my personal favorite variation after I run. While still out in the park or street, I place my feet a little more than shoulder width apart and lean forward...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Carpal tunnel syndrome involves compression of a nerve, called the median nerve, as it travels through the wrist.  Diagnosis is based on a combination of patient history, physical exam and nerve testing.  Typical symptoms include numbness and tingling  in the thumb, index and middle fingers.  More severe forms include weakness...Read More