Andrea’s Pre and Post Operation – Hip Replacement

We are now a family of artificial hips (my husband had his done last year). I had a friend call us “the hippies.”

So the prep for surgery included taking Coumadin and wiping the surgical areas with an antibacterial wipe three days prior to surgery to avoid any possible infection, plus no food after midnight day prior. I called the night before to get my surgery time and I was told to be there by 1:15pm, that means I will be really hungry! Who gets the early times anyway? Maybe if you are young you get the latest times.

Day of surgery: needed to leave by noon to be there by 1:15 pm. I was nervous the whole drive, but committed. We checked in and the pre-op began. First putting on those sexy gowns, socks and hat, urine test, and another20141217_152031 antibacterial wipe down. All ready to go and Dr. Rasmussen comes in to give me the low down. I like that he always goes into detail for me, since he knows I would want to knowThen the anesthesiologist arrives. The person I’ve been the most nervous about, he’s young, handsome, and looks like he knows what he is doing. Guess I need to put my life in his hands. Yikes!!

It is now around 3PM and it’s go time, seems the older patient before me took more time than expected, I’m the last surgery of the day. Time to hug my husband and my mom, then off I go down the hall. We arrive in the cold room with the metal tables and people is space suits. Looks sterile! Better be! I was told to sit on the table and in no time I remember nothing until I woke up in recovery.

I spend the next two days in the hospital with a variety of really nice nurses and drugs – some worked and 20141217_194651others didn’t. Met a great inpatient PT, who reviewed what I knew, but under the influence I simply did what I was told. I did torture the OT who came in to review how to handle the dressings, and activities at home – it’s not like I’ve never given this presentation. The labs came back, I get to go home 2 days after surgery – early release! I’ll be having a few home visits to check vitals and incisions. Since they don’t have me on Coumadin, only baby aspirin twice a day, it eliminates the additional home visits and dietary restrictions.

Quick discharge from the hospital and we are headed home. Comfortable in my renovated loft area with a TV, my medications, and my favorite dog Blue. All is good so far, rest and not too much else. Not doing anything, that’s going to be the most difficult!


Alpine is First to Offer Trigger Point Dry Needling in Park City

Alpine Sports Medicine is proud to be the first Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy practice in Park City, Utah to offer  Trigger Point Dry Needling.  Continue reading “Alpine is First to Offer Trigger Point Dry Needling in Park City”

Mark Moeller Loves His HOKA Shoes!

I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about something very interesting I stumbled upon completely by surprise, quite a pleasant surprise I might add.

This past November while shopping at REI in Salt Lake City for some hockey skate insoles, I saw a unique looking running shoe on the display wall, it had a rather large looking cushion system compared to all the other shoes. Basically, it just stood out and caught my attention! My inquiring Physical Therapist mind wanted a closer look, so I picked it up and gave it a few pinches, squeezes and bends. I could not believe how soft the cushioning felt, they are made by a company called called Hoka One One, and are affectionately known as Hoka’s. At the very moment I was fondling the shoe an employee breezed by and asked what size my foot was. He said he was going in the back and wanted to grab one for me to try on. He caught me a little by surprise and without really thinking about it I blurted out my shoe size. A minute later, he returned and left me with a new pair of shoes to try on, I wasn’t even in the market for a new pair of shoes! Anyway, I slipped them on, stood up and rocked back and forth a couple of times. Then, I took three steps, turned around and told him, “Sold!”

The Hoka One One!

How do I describe it… not quite love at first sight, but definitely love at first feel! It felt like I had 2 marshmallow cushions under each foot, one under my forefoot and the other under my heel. I have never felt anything quite like it with regards to cushioning in a shoe. It’s so soft that it actually takes a little getting used to…but in a good way! So now, seven months have gone by and I have to say that not a single day passes that I haven’t worn them. In fact, I stopped wearing a tie to work because I didn’t think the tie went well with running shoes… and I have worn ties to work consistently for nearly twenty years!

Even more interesting is the fact that I am not a runner! I’m just a busy Physical Therapist standing on my feet and moving around the clinic all day long. Factor into the equation my bilateral total knee replacement (TKR), and it usually means that by the end of the work day my knees and back often feel pretty beat up. Since I started wearing my Hoka’s, I pretty much feel like a champ after a normal work day on my feet!

The only negative I can throw out,  they are a little on the warm side (at least the trail runner model I wear) and they are a little pricey. However, neither of these has deterred me from wearing them daily and I actually just purchased a second pair I’m using for work exclusively, trying to keep them a little cleaner and nicer looking.

Anyone with knee, ankle or back pain they are dealing with on a regular basis, and have to be working on their feet all day, check out the Hoka One One’s. These shoes are game changers, go try a pair on, but only if you are ready to purchase (because once on your foot, you will buy them).

Mark Moeller PT
Alpine Sports Medicine


Alpine Sports Medicine Hosts Physical Therapy Students

Last fall we hosted two Physical Therapy students who came to Park City and spent from 2-10 weeks at our clinic. Continue reading “Alpine Sports Medicine Hosts Physical Therapy Students”

2013 PC Extreme Cup Soccer Tournament

316431_homeIt’s that time a year again,  the 10th annual Park City Extreme Soccer Tournament will be held in Park City August 1st-3rd.  We at Alpine Sports Medicine are really excited to continue to provide the medical coverage and have 10 athletic trainers for 8 venues in Park City and surroundingphoto areas.

The tournament has become very popular, not only for Utah teams, but several teams come from out-of-state to stay and play in Park City. This year not only did the tournament have to add a new venue in Heber, but we (ASM) are adding more athletic trainers to make sure we provide quality medical coverage at all the venues along with those with multiple fields and older age groups. No one wants injuries, but with a high level of competition and fatigue as the tournament progresses, injuries happen.  We treat not only athletes, but have taped up several referee’s and spectator’s.

Alpine Sports Medicine is also available for free injury assessments in the clinic for all athletes and have a list of local medical providers if further care or treatment is necessary.

It has been wonderful to be able to support the Park City Soccer Club and their tournament, along with this great community we live in. We wish all the teams good luck and a hat’s off to the Park City Soccer Club for putting on one of the best tournament’s in the state of Utah!

ASM is Proud to Support the Park City Athletic Community

One of the best parts of living in a small community is the ability we all have to be involved…to be a part of the fabric of the community. Continue reading “ASM is Proud to Support the Park City Athletic Community”

The Ultimate Hockey Mom!

by: Annelise Fund
Annelise is the newest member of Alpine Sports Medicine clinic and is extremely happy to be part of the great team at ASM serving as an athletic trainer. 

Over the past fall and winter, I’ve been the head athletic trainer for the Park City Jr. Moose hockey team. The kids on the team are between the ages of sixteen and twenty and came from all over the world to play. Continue reading “The Ultimate Hockey Mom!”