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 […]

This article was first published in Vermont Sports Magazine.  Having trouble breathing? It could be allergies, asthma or EIB. And each has a different treatment. If you’re like me, you’re welcoming the warm weather and looking forward to a long summer. But if you are one of the many folks who suffer from asthma or allergies, […]

The spinal cord is the body’s communication superhighway, providing a high-speed connection to and from the command center in our brain. Every organ, muscle, bone, tendon, skin cell, etc. is tied in to this highway through a vast network of nerves that direct movement, carry out reflexes, and report pain, temperature, and that annoying itch […]

In the past, generalizing in multiple sports was a prized endeavor, like earning three varsity letters in three different sports, or participating in the heptathlon. Nowadays, there is a trend for early specialization in a single sport or even a single position. We see year-round participation in baseball, soccer, basketball, and hockey. Athletes like Michael […]

It has happened to all of us, you are walking down the stairs or on a slippery driveway, your feet fly out from under you and Bam! You land on your Bottom. Ouch! For many patients, this is the way coccyx or tailbone pain begins. What Causes Coccyx Pain? A fall can cause the muscles […]

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 […]

Sciatica affects more than three million Americans each year. What is it? Keep reading to learn more. What is it and what should I look for? Sciatica, also known as sciatic neuritis, is defined as “pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, running down one or both legs from the lower back” (Source: Mayo Clinic). The sciatic […]

Have you ever had severe back pain? If you answered no to this question, you should consider yourself fortunate. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of people will experience at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime with symptoms severe enough that they will miss work or seek medical attention. There […]