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:
    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
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Vegetarians generally have a lower protein intake since plant protein is less easily digested than animal protein. Athletes should make sure they are getting 1.3-1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight of plant protein per day.

    Vegetarian athletes can easily take in sufficient protein providing their...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Shoulder instability comes in two "flavors", instability caused by traumatic dislocation (as in football, MVA, falling down on an outstretched arm) or atraumatic instability (as with hyperlax individuals, swimmers, gymnasts). Acute traumatic dislocations usually have to be reduced in the emergency...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    If your daughter's shoulders are uneven in height you should pursue an evaluation for scoliosis. If you mean one of her shoulder blades wings out further than the other or that her muscles are assymetic then see an Orthopaedic surgeon to ensure she does not have winging or atrophy because of nerve...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    All shoulder replacement procedures, resurfacing, hemi-arthroplasty or total shoulder replacement are primarily performed for pain relief. End-stage shoulder arthritis can rob people of comfort, sleep and function. Often, depending on the mobility of the shoulder prior to surgery and the type of...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    You probably know the calf stretch already. Make sure that when you do it, you keep the leg straight to stretch your gastrocnemius (the muscle that crosses the knee and ankle), and bent to stretch your soleus muscle (the muscle that crosses only the ankle).


    1. Stand with your feet shoulder length...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    During aerobic exercise, when you increase your activity level and work your large muscle groups, your muscles require more fuel. Oxygen is the raw material or fuel used to make muscle food, a substance called ATP (adenosine triphosphate, or adenosine-5'-triphosphate). When you exercise, your muscles...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Many of us carry our stress and daily tension in our upper back and the muscle connecting our shoulders and neck (called the trapezius). The following stretches and range-of-motion exercises should be performed daily and any time you begin to feel tightness in your neck and upper back.

    1. Begin...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The changes seen in our muscles as we age are largely the result of loss of muscle cells, decreased size of muscle fibers, and increased muscle stiffness. Most of the muscle changes seen with aging are caused by the loss of lean muscle mass, or sarco penia. Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    As you age, the regeneration capacity of your cells slows down; your tissues become stiffer and perform less efficiently. There are many examples in nature, from insects to humans, of decreased performance with increased age. Because of this overall slowdown, your physical prowess changes over time. Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The quadriceps -- a giant set of four muscles (thus the name quads) in the front of the legs -- are powerful knee protectors. They also cross two joints -- the hip and knee -- and are responsible for some hip flexion and all knee extension. They also are key in absorbing the shock of our body weight...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Changes in flexibility are dependent on the frequency and duration of stretching. For people under 65 years old, maximum benefit is achieved with a slow muscle stretch until the muscle feels tight but doesn't hurt. (Slow stretching lengthens muscle fibers without causing tearing and damage. This...Read More