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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

Vail, CO

Vail, CO Knee Doctor & Shoulder Doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopedics & NeurosurgeryVail, Colorado is an internationally acclaimed mountain town located in the heart of Eagle County. Home to an active and athletic population, Vail is a year-round destination for individuals from around the world. The locals and visitors take advantage of the outdoor activities [...]

Vail, CO2020-11-09T17:12:29+00:00

Exercises to Prepare for Ski Season

Ski season is right around the corner. The first day of the season is always full of excitement as you pull out your equipment and hit the slopes. Skiing uses different muscles than most summer activities, so it is not uncommon to definitely feel soreness after the first few days on the [...]

Exercises to Prepare for Ski Season2020-11-08T21:40:48+00:00

Orthopaedic Injuries and Symptoms you Shouldn’t Ignore

Throughout the pandemic, some Summit County residents chose to self-quarantine – holding off on orthopaedic and other medical treatment to minimize their risk of contracting COVID-19. While some injuries might not require immediate care, many injuries could become worse over time or even lead to further problems down the road. Vail-Summit [...]

Orthopaedic Injuries and Symptoms you Shouldn’t Ignore2020-11-02T23:00:07+00:00

Back to Ski Racing After ACL Reconstruction & Meniscus Surgery

Cora Jackson started skiing at age 2. By age 9 she was competing in alpine skiing for Team Summit. “My favorite thing about ski racing is the fact that it has assisted me in the discovery of myself,” said Cora. “While it constantly challenges me to find my limits, ski racing allows [...]

Back to Ski Racing After ACL Reconstruction & Meniscus Surgery2020-11-02T22:17:22+00:00

Alternative Therapies for Arthritis

Joint pain and stiffness caused by arthritis can be debilitating and limit daily activity. It is estimated that 24 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis. Arthritis occurs when the smooth cushion between bones (cartilage) breaks down making the joint painful, swollen, and difficult to move. Arthritis can affect any [...]

Alternative Therapies for Arthritis2020-10-01T04:54:00+00:00

When to Return to Sports After an ACL Tear

One of the most common traumatic knee injuries in athletics is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a main stabilizing ligament in the knee. Athletes and recreational enthusiasts of all ages -- and experience levels -- can tear their ACL. Athletes who participate in high impact and pivoting sports [...]

When to Return to Sports After an ACL Tear2020-09-23T22:17:30+00:00

Emily Walgast Returns to Swimming After Surgery on Both Shoulders

Emily Walgast started swimming competitively in 8th grade. Her stroke of choice was backstroke. She competed in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke throughout highschool and now swims in college at Adams State University. “I always had issues with both of my shoulders during my swimming career,” said Emily. “My symptoms [...]

Emily Walgast Returns to Swimming After Surgery on Both Shoulders2020-10-23T22:19:10+00:00

Common CrossFit Injuries

No matter what fitness routine you choose, minor tweaks and injuries are inevitable. CrossFit is no exception. Injuries happen in CrossFit, just as they do with weightlifting, bodybuilding, or running. Yet, there is still a widely held belief that CrossFit is a more dangerous sport compared to other activities. Is this true? [...]

Common CrossFit Injuries2020-08-16T21:45:20+00:00

Common Golf Injuries

Golf requires a great deal of skill, mental fortitude, and perseverance to become a true master of the sport. Although it may not look like a high impact sport, golf injuries can occur in participants of all skill levels. The explosive nature of a golf swing can put a great deal of [...]

Common Golf Injuries2020-07-08T20:26:31+00:00

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
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