- Athletic injuries
- Traumatic injuries
- Arthritic and degenerative conditions
We have treated athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA, X-Games, and the Olympics (see the News section). Our clinic is known throughout the world for our dedication, commitment, and experience in sports medicine. In addition to general sports medicine problems, Dr. Millett has a substantial expertise in treating shoulder injuries in throwers and shoulder injuries in contact athletes and has ongoing research in these areas. Furthermore, Dr. Millett and our team also have particular interest in the treatment and prevention of youth and adolescent sports injuries. We treat a large number of recreational and youth athletes, and while we can usually help these aspiring athletes to get back to their sporting activities, our ultimate goal is to reduce or perhaps even eliminate all sports injuries in this age group. Dr. Millett currently serves on the National Steering Committee to prevent youth sports injuries (http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/about/steering-committee.aspx), where he is actively engaged not only in research and education to prevent youth sports injuries but also in developing their winter sports injury prevention program.
- Shoulder injuries such as dislocations where the ball pops out of the socket, separations (AC joint injury), collarbone (clavicle) fractures, proximal humerus fractures (upper arm bone), and rotator cuff tears;
- Elbow injuries such as biceps tears and ruptures
- Knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, knee cartilage (meniscal and chondral) tears, tibial plateau fractures (upper knee bone), and tibial shaft fractures.
Arthritis and Degenerative Conditions
We do not simply treat the x-ray but will instead make recommendations that match you, your disease severity, and your lifestyle. The surgical options will either preserve your joint (joint preservation surgery) or replace the joint (joint replacement surgery or arthroplasty). Dr Millett has literally performed thousands of these types of joint procedures and has particular expertise in joint preservation surgery for the shoulder, knee, and elbow. One specific joint preserving technique, which Dr. Millett has pioneered, is called the CAM procedure for the shoulder. CAM stands for Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management, and it is a joint preserving option for those of you who are young, desire to be active, and yet have arthritis in your shoulder. When joint preserving surgery is no longer an option (due to severity of the disease, age or some other reason), total joint replacement may be an excellent option to alleviate pain and restore function. When joint replacement is needed, either part or all of the damaged joint surfaces can be replaced (partial or total joint replacement surgery), depending on the situation. Dr. Millett and our team routinely perform total joint joint replacement for the shoulder, knee, and hip. If joint replacement surgery is needed, Vail Valley Medical Center offers wonderful post-surgical care through our skilled nurses and experienced physical therapists for those of you who may need to undergo this type of treatment.
For more information on shoulder, knee and elbow injuries or for additional resources on sports related injuries, please contact sports medicine specialist Dr. Peter J. Millett of Vail, CO.