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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

Bankart Repair

What is Shoulder Instability? Shoulder instability is a condition in which the ball of the shoulder joint (humeral head) either partially or completely comes out of the shoulder socket (glenoid). A shoulder dislocation usually occurs as a result of a high energy fall while playing sports.  Most commonly, the humeral head dislocates anteriorly [...]

Bankart Repair2020-01-30T01:20:36+00:00

Knee Osteotomy

What is an Osteotomy and Why Are They Done? Osteotomies, or bone cutting procedures, have been used by orthopedic surgeons for decades to realign crooked joints and bones. Osteotomies can be done around any joint, but they are most commonly done around the knee. The main indication for an osteotomy around the knee [...]

Knee Osteotomy2020-01-24T21:24:06+00:00

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

What is Rotator Cuff Tendonitis? Rotator cuff tendonitis is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. The most common rotator cuff tendon to be inflamed is the supraspinatus tendon. This tendon is positioned on top of the shoulder between two bones: the acromion (which is a part of the shoulder blade [...]

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis2020-01-24T21:39:14+00:00

Torn Labrum in Shoulder

What is a Torn Labrum in the Shoulder? The shoulder joint is comprised of the upper portion of the arm bone (humeral head) sitting in the shoulder socket (glenoid, which is connected to the shoulder blade or scapula). The labrum is a fibrous bumper of tissue that attaches around the edge of the [...]

Torn Labrum in Shoulder2020-01-24T21:24:06+00:00

Stem Cell Treatment

What is a Stem Cell? Stem cells are found in various tissues throughout the body. Stem cells can remain inactive in host tissues for long periods of time. They are activated by disease, injury or demands on the body that stimulate the body to mobilize healing cells to an injured area of the [...]

Stem Cell Treatment2020-01-24T21:24:06+00:00

ACL Reconstruction

What is ACL Reconstruction? Arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a surgical treatment for a torn ACL. The ACL is a critical ligament in the center of the knee that is responsible for providing stability to the knee. When an ACL tear occurs, one experiences immediate pain, swelling, and instability. Many patients [...]

ACL Reconstruction2020-01-24T21:24:07+00:00

Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is Shoulder Arthroscopy? Shoulder Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat a large number of shoulder conditions. Shoulder arthroscopy has a faster recovery time compared to open surgery. The arthroscope allows for a better view of all the anatomy inside the shoulder joint as well as the surrounding area [...]

Shoulder Arthroscopy2020-01-24T21:24:07+00:00

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery

What is Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery? Rotator cuff repair surgery is the surgical repair of one or more torn rotator cuff tendons, in which the torn tendon is secured back to its normal bone attachment site on the top of the humerus (arm bone). This procedure is typically performed arthroscopically through several small [...]

Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery2020-01-24T21:24:07+00:00

Meniscus Surgery

What is Meniscus Surgery? Meniscus surgery is used to treat tears of the medial and/or lateral meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, halfmoon shaped shock absorber cartilage in the knee that lies on top of the tibia (shin bone). It acts to cushion the cartilage that coats the bottom of the femur (thigh [...]

Meniscus Surgery2020-01-24T21:24:07+00:00

Knee Arthroscopy

What is Knee Arthroscopy? Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique. 2 or 3 portals, each less than a half an inch in size, are established around the knee. An arthroscope, or medical camera the size of a pencil, is inserted through a portal and used to view the inside of the [...]

Knee Arthroscopy2020-01-24T21:24:08+00:00

MCL Reconstruction

What is MCL Reconstruction? Medial collateral ligament (MCL) reconstruction is used to correct residual looseness or laxity in one’s MCL following an MCL tear that did not heal well. In MCL reconstruction surgery, a patient’s stretched out MCL is not removed but rather reinforced and tightened by augmenting it with another tendon, usually [...]

MCL Reconstruction2020-01-24T21:24:09+00:00

PRP Treatment

What is PRP Treatment? A relatively new innovation in non-surgical musculoskeletal care, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a procedure in which the growth factors from one’s platelets are concentrated and injected at the site of a tissue injury. This treatment can result in accelerated healing. The body’s blood supply is comprised mainly [...]

PRP Treatment2020-01-24T21:24:09+00:00