It’s not often you manage to damage yourself in a city of 70,000 – the population of Broomfield or Castle Rock – that’s also the middle of nowhere.
So it was, though, for Wim Haverhals. During the week leading up to Labor Day 2017, the 50-year-old Denver IT professional was back in Black Rock City, Nevada, for the annual weeklong Burning Man arts and music festival.
Osseointegration, a form of implant surgery, is restoring freedom of movement to amputees in a revolutionary new way. Correspondent Barry Petersen speaks to doctors about this prosthetic procedure, and with patients who are embracing their expanded mobility with a vengeance.
The team roping industry is packed full of heroes, who step up to the front line when they’re called. During the COVID-19 crisis that brought the nation to a screeching halt, ropers in the healthcare field jumped at the chance to help those in crisis, and we honor their contribution here.
What if you break a hip (or leg, or whatever) during a pandemic?
People still get hurt. Orthopedic Trauma and other UCHealth trauma services have taken steps to be able to put patients back together and keep coronavirus out of the picture.
By: Todd Neff, for UCHealth
Janet Corral, 53, stands on the mobility platform at UCHealth Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic – Stapleton. She unweights herself with her hands on the stainless-steel rails running the length of the apparatus.
One summer afternoon 23 years ago, Donna Thornburg got out of her Suburban at a car wash in Westminster, Colorado, to open the passenger-side back door when a car hit her from behind and crushed her knees between the bumpers.
Colten Fritzlan in action at the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour competition in El Paso, Texas on Feb. 8, 2020, after limb-restoration surgeries helped preserve his rodeo career. Photo courtesy Todd Brewer Photography.
Dr. Jason Stoneback and his team at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus have enabled hundreds of patients with limb maladies to live active and productive lives. Dr. Stoneback is chief of orthopedic trauma and fracture surgery, director of the Limb Restoration Program, and vice chair of clinical affairs.
Maritza Wiedel is an example of this science. A lifelong top athlete who played collegiate volleyball, lacrosse and skiing, Maritza began seeking orthopedics care at age 19 for intolerable lower back and buttock pain. Burger said that spinal pain is not uncommon in young elite athletes such as Maritza, as spines don’t stop growing until age 24.
Early every Wednesday morning in the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion on the Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, a team of multidisciplinary professionals meet to review and discuss complex cases of patients who face a host of serious orthopedic issues from infections and amputations to deformities.