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

What are Meniscus Tears & How to Fix Them

Dr. Cunningham is a knee surgeon at Vail Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery. He is an expert at diagnosing and treating meniscus tears for patients. The knee is the largest joint in the body. It is designed to bear the full weight of the body and absorb the impact of all weight bearing [...]

What are Meniscus Tears & How to Fix Them2021-10-12T15:51:48+00:00

How to Get the Most out of Physical Therapy

Dr. Cunningham and his team want you to get the most out of your physical therapy if it is prescribed. Dr. Cunningham is an expert sports medicine orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of the knee and shoulder. He cares a great deal about patient education as this is so important [...]

How to Get the Most out of Physical Therapy2021-09-14T16:41:51+00:00

Best Exercises to Train for Your Mountain Sport

Mountain sports enthusiasts share a common passion for conquering the heights. The Colorado Rockies offer a grand array of world class peaks, vistas, trail heads, terrain, seasons and challenges to draw mountain sports athletes from around the world. As such, these mountains present risk to the unprepared. Conditioning, fitness, strength, stamina and [...]

Best Exercises to Train for Your Mountain Sport2021-08-12T15:30:56+00:00

Common Injuries Seen in Colorado 14er Hikers

There are over 50 million hiking enthusiasts in the US. When consider backpackers, trekkers, and high peak summiteers, the numbers are impressive. Hikers who tackle the “Fourteeners” here in Colorado are an avid group. With all this high altitude trekking, injuries can occur. Hiking injuries typically involve strains and sprains, dislocations and [...]

Common Injuries Seen in Colorado 14er Hikers2021-07-19T01:57:09+00:00

MACI Knee Treatment – Knee Replacement Alternatives

What Causes Knee Pain?Richard Cunningham, MD is an expert knee surgeon who offers innovative treatments for patients with knee pain. There are several common causes of knee pain including:Knee arthritis: Knee osteoarthritis, or wear and tear arthritis, causes pain and swellingTendonitis: Tendons surrounding the knee are prone to painful inflammation.Ligament Tears: These painful injuries [...]

MACI Knee Treatment – Knee Replacement Alternatives2021-08-31T23:18:26+00:00

Top 4 Injuries Seen in Rock Climbers

With some of the world’s finest bouldering and rock climbing terrain, the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains draw a large number of the nearly 25 million rock climbers in the US. In addition, the sport of climbing will debut at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, featuring competition in bouldering, speed climbing and [...]

Top 4 Injuries Seen in Rock Climbers2021-06-15T16:33:55+00:00

Common Injuries Seen in Kayakers

With the snow melting, and the water levels rising it’s time to start thinking about river sports. As with every sport, from casual to competitive, there is a risk of injury. Richard Cunninghan, MD, a sports medicine orthopedic doctor, offers information to prevent common shoulder, wrist, elbow and knee injuries in kayakers [...]

Common Injuries Seen in Kayakers2021-05-17T16:47:07+00:00

Knee Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Fix It

Richard Cunningham, MD is a prominent knee surgeon treating patients in Vail, Frisco, Aspen, and Denver, CO. He has extensive knowledge to diagnose and treat acute and chronic knee injuries. His care philosophy is founded on a commitment to educate his patients for a better understanding of knee health, conditions and optimal [...]

Knee Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Fix It2021-04-12T03:18:22+00:00

Top 4 Injuries Seen in Snowboarders

Common Snowboarding InjuriesNearly 10 million snowboard athletes hit the slopes every winter. From beginners to pros, injuries occur. The most common snowboarding injuries are caused by an impact or fall. Frequently, injuries involve the:KneeShoulderWristHeadDr. Richard Cunningham is an expert at diagnosing and treating snowboarding injuries in athletes who have sustained an injury [...]

Top 4 Injuries Seen in Snowboarders2021-08-31T21:13:56+00:00

How To Get Back to Skiing After an ACL Injury

Is ACL Surgery Required After an ACL Injury from Skiing?ACL injuries are common among skiers. Proper form and maintaining a strong core, glutes, quads, and hamstrings can help prevent ACL injuries. Most skiing related ACL injuries occur as a result of a twisting fall or collision. In some cases, an ACL injury [...]

How To Get Back to Skiing After an ACL Injury2021-08-31T21:19:39+00:00

Common Injuries Seen in Ski Racers

What are Common Ski Racing Injuries?Alpine ski racing comprises 5 disciplines: Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Parallel ski racing. Even with years of experience, and excellent skiing technique, accidents happen. Olympic downhill racers can clock speeds of 75 and 95 mph. Traveling at high velocities can lead to high energy [...]

Common Injuries Seen in Ski Racers2021-01-19T22:37:55+00:00

Shoulder Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Fix It

Shoulder Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Fix ItPain, stiffness, or weakness in the shoulder can make it difficult to complete everyday tasks. Simple movements like reaching for something above your head, driving a car, or brushing your hair can be uncomfortable and limiting. As one of the most mobile joints [...]

Shoulder Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Fix It2020-12-24T17:21:49+00:00