Iliotibial band (IT) syndrome is a common cause of pain on the outside or lateral side of the knee. I see it commonly in my patients who are runners and cyclists or in athletes doing a sport where the knee undergoes repetitive flexion and extension.
The IT band is a dense fibrous band of connective tissue that runs all the way from the lateral side of the pelvis down to the lateral side of the knee. The IT band acts to either extend or flex the knee depending on what angle the knee is positioned in, while also providing some added stability to the knee.
VSO was the proud sponsor of this year's Romp to Stomp held Saturday in Frisco. $1 million dollars has been raised for breast cancer research in the 12 years the event has been held in Summit County. Nearly 2,000 people participated in the snowshoe event this year, including a group of dedicated VSO staff members who supported the effort. Below are photos of VSO staff at the event. Pictured in the first one from left to right: Jamie Fisher, Kara Ridge, Anne Smith, Kim Benedict, Annie Bowen, and Amanda Orlandini. Way to go VSO!
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears are the most common ligament injuries occurring in winter sports, and account for 20–25% of all skiing injuries. Athletes engaging in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding may land awkwardly or suffer twisting injuries to their knee, resulting in painful and debilitating ligament injuries such as MCL tears.
What is the difference between a Neurosurgeon and an Orthopeadic Spine Surgeon for spine surgery?
One of the most challenging tasks as a patient is to find a good doctor. This task becomes even more important if you are considering a serious medical intervention such as a spine surgery. Unfortunately, there is no one source to go to find reliable information about a doctor. There are early attempts by websites that offer grades for physicians, but even they are lacking as they often rely on patient’s opinions which may not address their abilities beyond bedside manner. I will try to explain the strengths and weaknesses of different methods to determine if you are choosing a good spine surgeon.
A strained hamstring is more common for athletes than a torn hamstring, but tears can still occur with certain sports such as water skiing. When a patient tears their hamstring tendon from their origin off the pelvic bone, they often describe the sensation of being shot in the back of their thigh and buttock. They feel a pop and have immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and can only walk stiff-legged. Patients also describe a lot of pain with sitting.
When a patient comes to my office with a probable hamstring tear, I examine them first and then obtain an MRI scan. The MRI will show whether the patient has sustained a partial tear or a complete tear of their hamstring tendons off of the pelvic bone where they attach, which is your sit bone or ischial tuberosity.
This is the third and final installment of a series with Dr. Greg Poulter that answers some commonly asked questions regarding minimally invasive spine.
Is Minimally Invasive Spine surgery better than traditional surgery?
This is the second installment of a series on minimally invasive spine surgery by Dr. Greg Poulter.
What types of spine surgery can be performed with a minimally invasive technique?
Minimally invasive techniques have been developed to replace most of the traditional spine surgeries. Microdiscectomies, laminectomies, fusions, are commonly performed as minimally invasive surgeries. There are advanced techniques for scoliosis and fracture surgery as well. This is not a complete list. In general, spine surgery has advanced greatly in the last 10 years much of the improvement has come from minimizing the disruption of surgery.
This is the first installment of a series on minimally invasive spine surgery by Dr. Greg Poulter.
Not long ago spine surgery was uncommon and offered limited options for meaningful healing. Now, more than 600,000 people have spine surgery each year in the United States for a variety of spinal problems. Fortunately for patients with spinal disorders, spine surgery continues to evolve and improve. Advancements in minimally invasive surgery have provided significant gains allowing patients to recover more quickly with greater safety, and success. Here is a look at some commonly asked questions and answers regarding minimally invasive spine surgery.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Summit County’s 4th annual Community Surgery Day, held Saturday, October 12, at Peak One Surgery Center in Frisco, was started by Dr. Peter Janes of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics four years ago. More than 60 medical professionals donated their time this year including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing staff and other health professionals. 17 patients benefited from this amazing community effort. Here are some photos to enjoy: