Dr. Vonda Wright, MD

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

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedics:

    THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder can move and position your arm in many ways. But this flexibility also makes it prone to instability and injury.

    Shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can be injured by sports, household ...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    If you continually exercise above your target range, your heart may not be able to keep up with your oxygen demand, and you will switch from the efficient aerobic form of exercise to the inefficient anaerobic form. The anaerobic form produces lactic acid as a byproduct and causes muscle soreness. Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    To find your one-rep maximum, if you are using a weight machine, simply keep increasing the weight until you can do only one repetition of the load. Make sure you are not jerking the weight since you could hurt yourself. If you are using dumbbells, find the maximum you can lift the same way. If you...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Internal Medicine:

    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Frail, older women may only need a single dose of the osteoporosis drug Reclast to build bone strength, a new study suggests.

    But greater bone density did not translate into fewer fractures among these high-risk women, who were living in nursing ...Full Article

  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Pushing and pulling weight around is vital for fitness after 40. If aging progresses unchecked, we lose 10 percent of our muscle mass between the ages of 25 and 50, and 45 percent more between ages 50 and 80. This loss of lean muscle mass (or sarcopenia) leaves us vulnerable to falls, poor bone health,...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The muscles in the lower extremities are the following:
     
    • Buttocks.
    • Hip flexors. The muscles that flex your hip up.
    • Quadriceps. Four large muscles in the front of the thighs that are the key to healthy knees.
    • Hamstrings. Muscles in the back of the thighs that flex your
    ...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The muscles of the upper extremities are the following:

     
    • Latissimus dorsi. The big V-shaped back muscles.
    • Rotator cuff. Four small muscles that provide shoulder stability by keeping the arm bone (the humerus) centered in the socket. The rotator cuff is the key to shoulder health.
    ...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    If your doctor tells you the type of meniscus tear you have can be repaired because it is within the red-red zone (the zone that actually has a good blood supply) they have it fixed. If your tear is outside this zone or degenerative in nature then surgery for a torn meniscus is most effective if the symptoms...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedic Surgery:

    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of young athletes who have surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee suffer another ACL injury later in life, new research finds.

    "Our study shows that young knees are more prone to re-injury than the adult p...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedic Surgery:

    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It may not be necessary to delay rotator cuff surgery in patients with shoulder stiffness, a new study suggests.

    Researchers compared 170 people who had rotator cuff surgery with 25 people who underwent a glenohumeral joint capsule release proc...Full Article

  • 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
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedic Surgery:

    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
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedic Surgery:

    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