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About Richard Cunningham, MD

Dr. Richard Cunningham is a knee surgeon, shoulder specialist, and sports medicine physician at Vail Summit Orthopedics & Neurosurgery. Dr. Cunningham is an expert at treating conditions to the

Mountain Biking Injuries

There is no denying injuries are a common occurrence in mountain biking. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to minimize your risk of mountain bike injuries. Preparation can help you avoid a lot of common mountain biking injuries.Mountain biking injuries fall into two categories:Wear-and-tear injuries due to overtraining or poor techniqueAcute [...]

Mountain Biking Injuries2020-06-15T21:07:02+00:00

How to Prevent Marathon Training Injuries

Marathon Training Tips Are you training for a marathon? Maybe you are training for your first marathon, or maybe you’re a veteran runner. Regardless of your running status, it is important to cross the finish line injury free. How do you finish a marathon without injury? Sports medicine specialist Dr. Richard [...]

How to Prevent Marathon Training Injuries2020-05-10T23:07:17+00:00

ACL Revision Surgery

What is ACL Revision Surgery?Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) revision surgery may be required when one tears a previously reconstructed ACL tendon graft. ACL reconstruction surgery has a success rate between 80-90%, but a surgically reconstructed ACL can also tear or fail. There are several reasons why a reconstructed ACL fails. Common reasons are (1) [...]

ACL Revision Surgery2020-05-07T17:23:18+00:00

Partial Knee Replacement

What is a Partial Knee Replacement? A partial knee replacement -- also referred to as unicompartmental arthroplasty-- is a replacement or resurfacing procedure to treat severe arthritis which is confined to mainly one part of the knee. The 3 compartments of the knee are: Patellofemoral compartment - front of the knee, between the [...]

Partial Knee Replacement2020-05-07T17:29:34+00:00

PCL Reconstruction

What is Arthroscopic PCL Reconstruction?The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is a primary stabilizing ligament of the knee, preventing the tibia from going backward in relationship to the femur. People can tear their PCL as a result of severe trauma to the knee. The usual mechanism is one in which the tibia bone is forced [...]

PCL Reconstruction2020-05-07T17:30:31+00:00

Superior Capsular Reconstruction Surgery

When is Superior Capsular Reconstruction Surgery Utilized?In rotator cuff repair surgery, a torn rotator cuff tendon is surgically mobilized and then anchored to its normal bony attachment site. However, some patients present having severely torn most or all of their rotator cuff tendons. These massive tears did not happen overnight. These massive rotator cuff [...]

Superior Capsular Reconstruction Surgery2020-05-05T22:12:33+00:00

Latarjet Procedure

What Happens When a Shoulder Dislocates?Shoulder dislocations are one of the most common shoulder injuries seen in our work hard, play harder environment. The shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) is comprised of the glenoid (socket) and humeral head (ball). This joint is often compared to a golf ball on a golf tee due to the [...]

Latarjet Procedure2020-05-05T22:11:46+00:00

How Dr. Cunningham Helped Meghan Buchanan Return to Summiting Mountains

Meghan Buchanan at Denali “You will fail, you may even break, but this is not failure. Learn, grow, and rise. Each time higher than the last.” - Meghan Buchanan On Superbowl Sunday, Meghan was enjoying powder conditions on the ski run Windows in Vail’s Sun Up Bowl when [...]

How Dr. Cunningham Helped Meghan Buchanan Return to Summiting Mountains2020-04-30T20:04:11+00:00

10 Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Surgery

If you have injured your knee or shoulder, and you continue to have pain, swelling, instability or mechanical symptoms, then you may ultimately require orthopedic surgery. Because any surgery comes with some risk, you should learn as much as possible about your procedure beforehand. Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. [...]

10 Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Surgery2020-04-13T21:02:17+00:00

Snowboarder Ellie Weiler Back on the Slopes After Knee Surgery

Photo by Chip Proulx Ellie Weiler began snowboarding at the age of seven. As her love for the sport grew, she began to focus on slopestyle. “In 2015, I joined Team Summit, a program for student-athletes who pursue competitive skiing and snowboarding,” said Ellie. “Living in Denver, I was a [...]

Snowboarder Ellie Weiler Back on the Slopes After Knee Surgery2020-04-30T19:48:29+00:00

How to Prevent Ski Touring Injuries

What is Ski Touring? In recent years, ski touring has become an emerging winter sport. Ski touring, also referred to as skinning, involves uphill and downhill travel on skis or a splitboard with no lift assistance. Ski touring requires a free heel in a touring binding, allowing you to traverse and [...]

How to Prevent Ski Touring Injuries2020-04-13T20:30:20+00:00

Dr. Cunningham’s TV8 Interview During US Burton Open

In this TV8 interview during the U.S. Burton Open in Vail, CO, Dr. Cunningham discusses common sports injuries seen among snowboarders. For beginner snowboarders, hand and wrist injuries are very common. For athletes who are intermediate to advanced, knee and shoulder injuries are commonly seen. Dr. Cunningham specializes in the treatment of [...]

Dr. Cunningham’s TV8 Interview During US Burton Open2020-03-10T17:23:18+00:00