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:
    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
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Your core muscles are your natural weight belt. To find them, put your hand on your waist, then suck in your belly button toward your spine. Did you feel the muscles under your skin get tight? These are your core muscles. They run obliquely from your spine to the front of your body. If you were not able...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    The recommended intake is a minimum of 130 grams/day, or 45 - 65 percent of daily calories for adults, independent of age or activity level. This is the minimum needed for your brain to function. Athletes are recommended to consume 6 - 10 grams for every kilogram of body weight per day. For example,...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    A "portion" can be thought of as the amount of a specific food you choose to eat for dinner, a snack, or another eating occasion. Portions, of course, can be bigger or smaller than the recommended food servings.

    A "serving" is a unit of measure used to describe the amount of food recommended from...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Exercise has many benefits for men with prostate cancer. Decreased physical activity, which may be the result of the cancer itself or the treatment for it, can lead to tiredness and lack of energy. Results of the Health Professional Follow-up Study of 47,000 men over a 14-year period, published in...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Vegetarian diets can provide the requirements for most B vitamins. Depending on the type of vegetarian diet, however, riboflavin and vitamin B12 are potential exceptions. Vitamin B12 has been studied for its effect on vegetarian athletic performance because of its function in maintaining the blood...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    A decrease in coordination, balance, fine-motor skills, and visual-spatial orientation, as well as an increase in motor response time and altered proprioception (the sense of orientation of one's limbs in space), are all age-related changes in the neuromuscular system. Regular exercise seems to slow...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Foods high in protein include:

    Beef
    • 7 grams of protein per ounce
    Chicken
    • Breast: 30 grams per 3.5 ounces
    • Thigh: 10 grams per ounce
    • Drumstick: 11 grams per ounce
    • Wing: 6 grams per ounce
    Fish
    • 22 grams per 3.5 ounces
    Pork
    • Chop: 22 grams per 3 ounces
    • Ham: 19
    ...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    With daily use, we usually do a good job maintaining shoulder motion to the front and sides. We do not do as good a job at keeping the back of our shoulders and rotator cuff (the four small muscles that keep our shoulder joint together) well stretched. Keeping the back part of the shoulder flexible helps...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    I call total knee replacement, "healing with steel."  Total knee replacement is one of Orthopaedic Surgery's most successful procedures.  We have been replacing knees for more than 30 years and have a huge body of literature documenting the best ways to diagnose, implant as well as the  outcomes...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Tips for healthy eating include:
    • Eat green and leafy all the time. You won't gain weight, and you will cover your vitamin and mineral needs.
    • Eat protein with every meal. Protein digests slowly and will keep you feeling full longer.
    • Eat healthy fats. Your body needs fat, but you must choose
    ...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Flexibility is essential in preventing all kinds of injuries but tendonitis in particular. Prevention of tendonitis requires stretching the muscle on a regular basis, which allows less pulling and traction on the tendon's attachment to the bone. When tendonitis does occur, it is important to treat...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Irongeezers range from baby boomers to ultraseniors, some of whom are in their 80s and 90s. Far from being cranky couch potatoes, irongeezers have a passion for physical activity and involvement in a healthy lifestyle. They have a dash of "iron" for strength of mind and body to maintain hale and...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    Getting oxygen from the outside air to inside your cells takes efficient collaboration among your lungs, heart, and the cells they feed. As you age, the efficiency of oxygen delivery, and therefore your ability to perform at a peak level, shifts. The changes in performance with aging are attributed...Read More
  • Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery
    Vonda Wright, MD answered:
    When blood pressure increases, our hearts adjust by pumping harder. This is because the arteries -- the blood vessels that take oxygen-rich blood away from the heart and deliver it to our bodies -- become stiffer and less flexible with age. This stiffening and loss of flexibility causes blood pressure...Read More