Even here in Vermont, heat-related illness can be a major issue for athletes. Consequences range from decreased performance to death. In fact, heat stroke is the third leading cause of death in athletes after cardiac disorders and cervical spine trauma. It is important to recognize and treat heat illness before major complications arise. Equally important […]

Muscle pulls, or more accurately strains, are the most common injury sustained in sports. A muscle strain typically occurs suddenly with rapid onset of pain. Most often, the mechanism is a rapid contraction of the muscle group while it is getting longer. A very common occurrence is a hamstring strain that happens when the leg […]

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month. Fifty-four million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones. Osteoporosis-related bone breaks cost patients, their families and the healthcare system $19 billion annually. When I ask women about what they fear the most about osteoporosis, they answer that it is the curvature […]

With the winter weather finally winding down after a brutally cold several months, many Vermonters are starting to look outdoors to begin their training for the upcoming running season. Every year, the longer days and warmer weather triggers an increase in running and with this there is often an increase in a series of diagnoses […]

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis or joint inflammation. Learn more about arthritis care at The UVM Medical Center. Is arthritis treatable or reversible? To answer this question we must first better understand what we mean when we use the term arthritis.  The musculoskeletal system is composed of bones that are […]

More than 800,000 people experience a lower extremity injury — injuries to the entire leg, foot, ankle, knee, or hip – every year in the United States. That’s troubling because these injuries are often disabling and costly. It is estimated that the cost of providing care for such injuries is nearly $567 million annually. For […]

Vermont winters can be long… so we may as well embrace the sports of the season and play! For some, winter is spent skiing and snowshoeing out in the woods. Others enjoy hockey or skating at the rink, or perhaps ice fishing at the local pond. Being prepared will make your time outside more comfortable […]