Dr. Vonda Wright, MD

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

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  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What is hip arthroscopy?

    Hip arthroscopy is surgery of the hip using tiny 1cm portals, a 70 degree camera and small instruments.  The surgery appears small on the outside but we are able to  perform complex procedures on the inside.
    Common problems treated by hip arthroscopy include hip labrum debridement and repair, iliopsoas...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    How does my body type affect my risk for diseases?

    Where you carry your extra weight is as important as how much you are carrying. You are either a pear who carries your extra weight around your hips or an apple who carries your extra weight around your waist. It is better to be a pear than an apple. Those of you who inherited apple-shaped bodies,...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What is foam rolling?

    Foam rolling is a marvelous way to stretch your tight tendons and muscles. Essentially, this log of hard foam serves as a rolling pin to roll out and stretch your tendons, and is a great way to warm up for activity. I find this tool especially good for stretching hard-to-stretch tissue like the IT...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs?

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a type of medication that doctors and other healthcare providers often recommend to reduce inflammation and pain. They are available over-the-counter (OTC) as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, Nuprin), ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis), and naproxen...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    How can excess fat affect my health?

    Fat is not just hanging around innocently. It is a metabolically active organ producing hormones and chemicals that negatively affect our body's function and can make disease worse. Fat produces hormones that cause high blood sugar (resistin), high blood pressure (angiotensinogen), inflammation,...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    Can I ski after knee replacement?

    Happily YES. You must, however, thoroughly rehab your buttocks, core, quad, hamstrings and work hard in therapy to regain all your joint range of motion.
    Most Orthopaedic surgeon encourage their active patients to remain as active as possible after joint replacement. Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What is tendonosis?

    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
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    Is vitamin D especially important for athletes?

    Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and for bone formation. Lack of adequate vitamin D may manifest itself in unexplained muscle pain or weakness or low calcium balance.  Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What nutrients help build healthy bones?

    Besides calcium, there are a few other nutrients needed for bones:
    • Phosphorus: dairy, yogurt
    • Protein: meat, diary, yogurt
    • Vitamin A: fish, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, cheese, eggs
    • Vitamin B12: meat, fish, eggs, fortified cereal
    • Vitamin C: essential for collagen formation. Collagen
    ...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    Why should I tell my friends and family about my health and fitness plan?

    You are more likely to stick with a health and fitness plan if you are held accountable by your friends. When I am going to run a big race, I have to keep myself accountable to train by actually paying the money and registering for the race far ahead of time, then I tell everybody in my life I'm...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What is metabolic syndrome?

    When you carry your weight around your waistline you are more likely to develop "metabolic syndrome." This is a dangerous condition where your waist measures greater than 36 inches if you are a man, and greater than 40 inches if you are a woman and you have two of the following four cardiac risk...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    How do I know how many calories I need per day?

    There is a classic equation for predicting how much energy you need just to survive, or your basal metabolic rate (BMR). It is called the Harris Benedict Equation and uses sex, weight, height, and age to predict your energy requirements.
    • Women: BMR = 655 + (4.35 X weight in pounds) + (4.7 X height
    ...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    Why are athletes prone to iron deficiency?

    All athletes, particularly female endurance athletes, are at risk of iron depletion and iron deficiency anemia. Iron loss is increased in some athletes, particularly heavily training endurance athletes, because they are especially prone to gastrointestinal bleeding, heavy sweating, and hemolysis...Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    What is dietary fat made of?

    Fat is built of fatty acids containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Fatty acids come in three varieties: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. The more saturated the molecule is with hydrogen molecules, the more solid the fat is at room temperature and the worse it is for your health. Read More
  • Dr. Vonda Wright, MD - Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopedic Surgery

    How can I follow a total body exercise program?

    Short and intense total body exercise sessions can be performed anywhere -- from your living room to the gym -- and do not require heavy equipment. I believe that the most effective exercise mimics life and am therefore not a huge advocate for weight machines. In life, our muscle groups work in c...Read More