How To Prepare Your Body For Skiing Season: Part II

When skiing season finally hits its full swing, you need to make sure that you’ve been stretching and preparing all summer long to ensure that your weekend on the slopes doesn’t end in a dangerous injury. Here at Orthopedic Associates of Denver, we’re proud to provide you with a number of different resources that should…

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How To Prepare Your Body For Skiing Season: Part I

With Labor Day behind us, it’s time to usher in the advent of our favorite season – ski season. And soon the slopes all around the world will be filled with skiers, snowboarders, and winter sports enthusiast who love nothing more than to take the exhilarating experience in stride. But remember, when it comes to…

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Dr. Choudhry comments on Elway’s treatment of his hand condition

ESPN recently published an article about his Dupuytren’s contracture, also known as Viking’s disease. Orthopedic Associates Dr. Imran Choudhry took some questions about the article and the condition and has provided the following commentary. To view the original article click here: Published on ESPN.com Q: What is the condition that John Elway has and what causes…

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Are CrossFit-Style Workouts Safe? We Examine Perception vs. Reality

CrossFit… everyone is doing it? But what is the deal? If you haven’t watched a class you are missing out. It is certainly a spectacle to behold, but is it safe for everyone? Let’s take a look at the perceptions and truths about CrossFit-style workouts.  “Danger ahead! CrossFit is one of the top most dangerous…

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Broken bones – why are they more common during the summer season?

There are obvious injuries that occur more often in the summer – examples like sunburn and heat stroke make sense as consequences of spending too much time in the direct sun. However, did you know that there are more broken bones in the summer as well? Why is that? This week we take a look…

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Preventing Arthritis In Teens

It’s Never Too Early To Start – And It All Begins With Backpacks! It’s safe to say that summer is finally in full-swing, and in just a handful of weeks, we’ll begin to see the exciting advertisements and TV commercials that promote “back to school” sales and promotions for a number of this school year’s…

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Building Good Bones

All It Takes Is Some Tips, Some Tricks, And Some Dedication To Health Every last one of us wants good bones, right? As a child, we’re constantly reinforced with the idea that healthy bones equal a healthy life. We’re told to drink our milk, receive our daily dose of calcium, and load up on fruits…

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The Telltale Signs That You May Have Hip Arthritis

What To Look For If You Think You May Have Arthritis! Now, when it comes to arthritis, and more particularly, hip arthritis, you’re certainly not alone. So many people from all around the world suffer from this inflammatory condition that could inflict tremendous pain on an individual, limit their mobility, and even affect their quality…

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Do You Have Hip/Knee Arthritis?

Here Are Five Alternative Treatments That Don’t Require Surgery! It’s no secret that hip and knee injuries continue to plague individuals anywhere from their teens to their senior years. As high-impact joints that experience frequent trauma from sports and physical activity to simply the effects of daily life, orthopedics are constantly searching for alternative treatments…

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Concussions: Less than 1 of 7 are ever reported. What this means for you and your athletes.

With the public’s growing awareness around concussions, there is more of a push than ever to educate players, coaches and parents about the way we treat concussions. This is a positive change and will help further protect our athletes from more injury. However, there is still plenty of work to be done. Concussions are grossly…

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Aerobic vs Anaerobic… What is the difference? And how does it affect my training?

Regardless if you are training for a marathon or just working out at the gym it is important to diversify your routine. Different levels of intensity are important in resistance training and your cardio routine. When it comes to your training it is good to diversity your anaerobic and aerobic exercise. Today we look at…

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The OA Walk for Arthritis at Washington Park Was a Success!

The Orthopedic Associates team participated in the Walk for Arthritis at Washington Park this past weekend. Dr. Ryan J. Caufield and the OA team had a blast despite the chilly weather. “Arthritis is tough, but we are even tougher – especially when we all come together for the largest arthritis gathering in the world!” What a…

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Tips for Healthy Feet

Our feet and toes are the foundation for our bodies. When they bother us or are unhealthy they can affect our whole lives. Unhealthy feet can affect our lower back, our hips and our knees. It is important to keep your feet healthy. Here are some tips to keep your feet, and therefore your body…

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Ouch! My Snapping Hip! Snapping Hip Syndrome

Have you experienced pain in your hip area? It could be snapping hip syndrome… Snapping hip syndrome is not really a diagnosis, but is considered a symptom. The snapping sensation within the hip area is caused by an underlying problem, and to find the right treatment, the diagnosis has to be identified. Many people with…

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Tennis and Golf Elbow! Symptoms and Treatments

Summertime is almost here and with that brings dreams of the PGA Championship and the US Open! With so many athletes living in the city there are many people that suffer from injuries that are related to the sports including elbow problems! The anatomical structures involved in tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are very similar…

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Race Training Warm-up: Proper techniques to avoid injuries this Marathon season

Injuries during race training can cause major setbacks in achieving your race goals, so it is wise to prevent injuries in the first place. No matter what stage of runner you are – just beginning or running your 7th marathon, injuries during training and the race can be emotionally and physically challenging. With Denver’s Colfax…

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Golf & Shoulder Pain: How to Avoid

We chose this subject in honor of the recent Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA last week – where Tiger Woods claimed his 5th win! What an exciting tournament, and an exciting time as people in Denver gear up for more golf! Golf is a year-round sport in sunny Colorado, but springtime is when the…

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Knee-Joint Friendly Stretching & Exercises

As we ramp up for spring and summer, how can we prevent knee injuries before and during our workouts? When active people experience knee pain the choice to stay in becomes more attractive… but that isn’t the best for your health. So, how can you strengthen your knees, prevent injury or re-injury and stay active?…

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Bluebird Skies Are Calling! Spring Skiing – Things to know before you go

Spring is here but there is plenty of snow in the high country! Here are some tips to keep your spring runs heavenly and your body safe and healthy this amazing spring ski season! Tip #1 – Follow the Sun High temps in the spring and the angle of the sun can create a freeze-thaw-freeze…

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Knee Injuries and the Upcoming Cold Weather

Why do these things unfortunately go together & tips to avoid! Although spring is here many parts of of Colorado are still cold and getting colder… (like this weekend!) In fact, many ski resorts have had so much snow they are staying open weeks later than average. But if you have a knee injury you…

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Spring Break Fitness!

Spring break is here but that doesn’t mean you have to completely lose your fitness routine. In fact it can be time to step it up and enhance your time off! Dreaming of sun, sand and fun? Blue skies and suntans? Well your trip is sure to be epic – especially if you can incorporate…

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Hip Replacements – Built to Last According to Recent Study

Most hip replacements last well after the surgery was performed, a new study says. About six in 10 hip replacements performed 25 years ago have remained in place, according to a new study published Thursday. Additionally, 89% were still in place 15 years later and 70 percent lasted 20 years. This is great news for those…

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Exercise greatly reduces the risk of falls among adults

The research is in, and it is a fact. Exercise greatly reduces the risk of falls among adults! An extensive review of more than 100 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) strongly supports exercise interventions as a way to reduce both the risk of falls among adults 65 and older and the actual number of those who…

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Physical Therapy Treatment Improved by Technology? Absolutely.

The evolution of technology has changed, and improved many of our lives. Physical therapists and healthcare overall is no exception. Advances in physical therapy technology has improved the lives of many patients. Let’s take a look at some of those advancements. From virtual care to gamification, PT has advanced to make therapy more convenient, more…

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Faster Concussion Recovery for Athletes?

A new report from the State University of New York at Buffalo reveals the possibility of faster concussion recovery for athletes. Aerobic exercise following sports-related concussions may actual increase recovery speeds for teens and younger athletes — low-level exercise soon after concussion can possibly cut recovery time! The randomized trial lead by Dr. John J….

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You’re Ready For a Hip Replacement… What Might the First Few Weeks Look Like?

Many times, patients wait until pain becomes unmanageable before they are ready for a hip replacement. While we don’t recommend waiting that long, we understand the gravity of this decision. Many of our patients are active and athletic, making the decision that much harder. The fear that the hip replacement will take them out of…

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Countdown to Spring Break! Tips for beach running

As the snow falls and parts of the US see record cold temperatures it is hard to imagine that Spring Break is just around the corner… but it is! In 6 short weeks Coloradans will be ditching the slopes and heading south for some sun. But are you ready for your beach sport? Think ahead…

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Gearing Up for Snow Sports… Safely!

January has arrived in Colorado and brought with it the snow… and, this season is gearing up to be an epic season for Colorado! However, with any activity comes the risk of injury. So, whether you are strapping on a snowboard, ski, sled or ice skates they can lead to painful bumps and bruises –…

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Physical Therapy and Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis!

Many adults in the US suffer from knee osteoarthritis which can be painful. Although exercise and physical activity can help reduce functional limitations and alleviate pain, many people with OA remain unable to be physically active. For some people living with knee ailments like knee osteoarthritis, it can be very hard to get going with,…

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Have You Experienced A Rotator Cuff Injury?

New Advances In Arthroscopy Help To Provide More Effective Treatments! If you’ve recently experienced an injury to the joint that helps you move your shoulder, more commonly known as the rotator cuff, you’ve certainly gone through a great deal of pain, and more than likely, your mobility and movement has been severely limited. And while…

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The Most Common Ski Injuries

Keep These Injuries In Mind For Your Next Ski Trip! Well, it’s that time of year again! Winter is in full swing and we bet you’ve already got a few weekends scheduled with warm and cozy excursions into the mountains to hit the slopes for a day of skiing. And while that sounds like the…

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Is Technology Causing Us Physical Pain?

It’s Certainly Possible! But How? We all know that feeling – the one where our back aches, cries, and screams in pain as we finally stand up to get out of that dreaded office chair that we’ve been chained to for what seems like days – although it’s maybe been about an hour or two…

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Rebuilding Your Osteoarthritis-Damaged Knees

The World of Orthopedics Makes Anything Possible In recent years, the world of orthopedic sports medicine has grown at an exponential rate. Surgeries, treatments, and prescriptions have improved tenfold and have helped to advance the medical field in general, due to the high frequency of orthopedic injuries. Here in Colorado, the people of Denver have…

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Football Season Is In High Gear… Are You Prepared For The Potential Risks?

As autumn is finally in full swing, football is the talk of every town all across the nation. And as with every football season, the successes, triumphs, failures, and upsets will be documented and logged into the yearbook of every high school throughout the United States. However, along with statistics, injuries will also be at…

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Does Smoking Effect Healing? What You Need To Know If You’re A Smoker

Does Smoking Effect Healing? What You Need To Know If You’re A Smoker It’s no secret that smoking makes a compellingly obvious, and sometimes detrimental, impact on our overall health. Even the healthiest individual can feel the effects of long-term smoking quite apparently. But has the question ever been asked about what type of effects smoking…

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The Truth About K-Tape Does It Work? If It Does, How Well?

So, we’ve all seen the hundreds of Olympic athletes, professional sports players, and even high school athletes with bright colored fabric taped to their muscles, joints, arms, and legs. The tape freely bends and stretches with their movements and takes on the aesthetic of an integral uniform component designed to accentuate the muscles of the…

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Can Surgery Within 48 Hours After Injury Result In Positive Outcomes?

Is Immediate Surgery Better For Patients With Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture? New Study Claims That Surgery Within 48 Hours After Injury Results In Positive Outcomes In the world of sports and fitness, an Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) is a fairly common occurrence. And every athlete or individual who has ever experienced a rupture or a…

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The Slopes are Open! Time to Get Your Body In Shape For Ski Season!

The snow is flying and it’s time to head up to the high country! How To Properly Prepare Your Body For A Day On The Slopes If you’re looking to plan an early winter trip to the mountains for some fun family skiing, now is certainly the time. However, have you put much thought into…

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New Wearable Device To Protect Soccer Players

Is This New Wearable Device The Solution For Soccer Related Head Injuries? As the school year moves into full swing, the large and extensive array of youth sporting events and practice will plague our calendars. And while it is certainly among ours and our children’s busiest time of the year, it is also one of…

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Ever Wonder Why Your Children Have More Energy Than You’ve Ever Seen?

It’s Because Scientists Believe Our Children Are As Fit As Endurance Athletes! Yes, you read that title right! So, you’ve asked yourself, your parents, and your grandparents, “Did I really have this much energy as a child? Did mom and dad? Did you?” And then you go on to ask yourself, “How can my children…

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What Hurts Soccer Players More? Collisions or Heading?

If someone asked you about your opinion on collisions in soccer, what would you say? You’d probably talk about how they’re inevitable, but that they’re probably the number 1 cause of injury, the number 1 cause of concussions, and the number 1 cause of serious, traumatic head injuries, right? While you’d certainly be safe to…

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It’s Snowing in the High Country! Are You Ski-Fit? Here’s How To Get There!

The leaves are changing and so has your body since last winter! How can you get ready to ski or ride this fall and avoid any trips to see us at Orthopedic Associates of Denver?  There are many components to getting slope-ready! Balance, strength, flexibility and agility play a key role in preventing injury and…

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Can My Artificial Hip Set Off Metal Detectors At Airports?

Are You Nervous About Traveling Due To Your Recent Knee/Hip Replacement? So, you’ve recently undergone a total knee replacement or total hip replacement surgery and are planning on traveling sometime in the future. You’re absolutely certain that your new artificial implanted joint isn’t plastic, so it must be metal, right? But wait! Every type of…

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(When) Can I Play Tennis Again? By Joel B. Gonzales, M.D., Orthopedic Associates

This is usually one of the first questions people ask after they become injured and/or are contemplating surgery.  The most common orthopedic injuries and surgeries will be listed below as well as general guidelines for return to tennis. I would emphasize that these are “average” times assuming no complications and a strict adherence to a…

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Resuming Physical Activities After A Knee Replacement

When Can I Start? – How Can I Get Into Sports Again? Total knee replacement (TKA) surgery is not an easy surgery to go through. Not only is the pre-surgical process a tough mental challenge, the post-surgical process also has its mental challenges that many patients are presented with. For non-athletes, these challenges come in…

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What Does It Mean To Tear A Rotator Cuff?

What Are The Symptoms? – What Are The Risks? – What Are My Options? Shoulder injuries are never enjoyable. Oftentimes, they can put us out of work for weeks and hinder our daily activities. Whether you believe it or not, an injured shoulder can really put a dent into your daily activities. For instance, even…

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Don’t complicate your healing… New study warns what to avoid while recovering from surgery. 

How Prolonged Opioid Use Prior To TKA or THA Can Complicate Your Recovery A recent study that explored this potential risk factor concluded that patients who have taken opioids for at least 60 days prior to Total Knee Arthroplasty or Total Hip Arthroplasty are at a significantly higher risk for finding themselves back in the…

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Is Surgery The Answer For Pain? Maybe…

Is Surgery The Answer For Pain? Maybe… And There Are Types of Surgeries That Could Even Shorten Your Stay In The Hospital In today’s day and age, new cutting-edge and innovative medical procedures, tools, and treatments are constantly making the rounds amongst surgeons, doctors, and orthopedics alike. However, choosing which form of treatment is right…

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Managing Your Pre-Surgery Anxiety – Will it Lead to a More Positive Surgical Outcome?

As It Turns Out – Maybe! Let’s face it, any type of medical procedure, especially surgeries and operations, can certainly instill intense feelings of anxiety for the patient about to undergo a major surgery. With an endless list of things to worry about and have anxiety over, it’s definitely not an easy task to simply…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Do I Have It?

In the world of orthopedics, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is among one of the most common ailments experienced by patients who step into our office, here at Orthopedic Associates. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbing, and tingling in the hands and arms. It can often create a tremendous sense of discomfort amongst…

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What To Do After You’ve Sprained Your Ankle

Spraining an ankle is more common than you think, and more often than not, a sprained ankle can go undiagnosed for months and mistaken for a badly twisted ankle. Sprained ankles are painful, upsetting, and can be difficult to overcome. And perhaps the most unfortunate part about spraining an ankle, is that it’s virtually unavoidable….

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Childhood Sports – Is There A Risk For An ACL Injury?

Childhood sports present us with some of our finest and most enjoyable childhood memories; winning the championship basketball game, hitting that last homerun at the bottom of the 9th, and slamming the winning spike over the net. Children are active, that’s as obvious as anything. From an early age, children are encouraged to burn off…

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My Aching Shoulder!

By Leslie B. Vidal, M.D.,    Orthopedic Associates Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint.  It can result from a specific injury or can develop insidiously over time.  It is often aggravated by daily activities, and may ache at night preventing a good night’s sleep.  Many causes of shoulder pain can be alleviated with activity modification,…

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Knee Arthritis Injection

Knee Arthritis Injections by Brian Larkin M.D.  Nowadays, you cannot turn on the TV, open the newspaper, or surf the web without being bombarded with all sorts of options for injections in painful, arthritic knees. Many options promise quick pain relief and improved function. Below is a brief summary of the options that exist. Steroid…

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