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:
    The best healthcare provider to give viscosupplement injections is someone who is very experienced with this injection technique. That can be a physician assistant, nurse, rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon. What matters is that you go to someone who has been trained to give injections -- and who gives...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The best healthcare provider to give viscosupplement injections is someone who is very experienced with this injection technique. That can be a physician assistant, nurse, rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon. What matters is that you go to someone who has been trained to give injections -- and who gives...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    According to Salvatore Maddi, a University of California (UC) Irvine psychologist and the father of the concept of hardiness, those people who thrive under stress maintain three attitudes of hardiness -- commitment, control, and challenge.

    "No matter how bad things get, if you're committed, you stay involved and give your best effort rather than...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    In a landmark study out of Duke University, Blumenthal and colleagues tested the idea that exercise was as effective as antidepressants for treating depression. The subjects either received antidepressant medication alone, exercise alone, or a combination of both. The depression of all three groups...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    I never guarantee my patients that they're going to see any effect from hyaluronic acid (HA) injections until at least all three weekly shots are done. That said, people respond to these injections differently. Many of my patients say that after the first HA injection, their knees aren't as stiff or s...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Side effects of viscosupplement injections are relatively rare. Depending on the type of injection, there is a small risk of a pseudo-septic reaction: pain, redness and inflammation that appears to be an infection but isn't. There is also a small risk of joint infection, not because of the treatment itself...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Viscosupplement injections are generally used for knee osteoarthritis (OA), but they may sometimes be used for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an inflammatory condition in which the body attacks itself, which is a completely different disease than OA. The mechanism of how viscosupplement...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Unless you have a real medical problem such as thyroid dysfunction or diabetes, to lose weight, you just have to take in fewer calories than you expend. Did I hear the crowd say "Duh?" It sounds simple, and it is, yet more than two-thirds of us don't have a handle on how to consume only what we need...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Any suspected broken bone(s) should be evaluated by a physician. Signs and symptoms of a possible fracture are swelling, bruising, pain, deformity, and/ or difficulty with normal use. In order to confirm or rule-out a fracture your physician will more than likely obtain x-rays and occasionally a...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:
    Oxygen is important to every cell in your body. Without it, your cells can’t make energy, and their metabolism is less effective. You switch from a highly efficient energy-making machine to being 16 times less efficient and generating a lot of lactic acid (which is what builds up in your muscles...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Use this exercise to keep your triceps (the muscle in the back of the upper arm) stretched:

    1. With your feet shoulder width apart, raise your right arm straight up and over your head.

    2. Bend your elbow so that your right hand is reaching for your left shoulder.

    3. Use your left hand to...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    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
    ...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The following hip flexor stretch will give you a general approach to the lower body. Remember, as always, hold each stretch for 30 seconds, repeat four times, and never bounce.

    1. Start by standing with feet together.

    2. Step forward onto the right leg while keeping your knee aligned above...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The ends of our bones are covered by a glossy, smoother-than-glass lining called cartilage. The wear and tear or erosion of this lining is the definition of "arthritis" (imagine the pot-holes in a road at the end of winter). Cartilage is normally responsible for cushioning the bones from the load...Read More