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Neely Quinn interviews pro rock climbers, climbing trainers, and other insightful members of the climbing community about how we can get a little better at rock climbing. Subjects include how to train for certain aspects of the sport, how to rehab injuries, the best diet for climbing, and personal stories about climbing.

Jun 21, 2016

About Dr. Tom Hackett

This is an interview with Dr. Tom Hackett, a shoulder, elbow, and knee surgeon who performed all three of my husband's and my shoulder surgeries. Dr. Hackett works out of the acclaimed Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and has extensive training in arthroscopic treatment of sports-related injuries.

Before he was a surgeon, he worked as a mountaineer and a climbing guide, so he knows a lot about what climbers actually do with their bodies, unlike many other orthopedic docs. 

In our experiences with him, he's taken our climbing goals into strong consideration when deciding how to treat our shoulders, making sure to give us the best chances of fully recovering as possible.

He uses what seem to be the most advanced and specialized techniques in arthroscopic surgery, and he discusses the fact that some other docs are falling behind in that regard.

More About Our Talk

  • The most common injuries in climbers, and how to treat them
  • How to find the best surgeon for your shoulder
  • The differences between his techniques and the old ways
  • The different surgeries for different injuries
  • Recovery times and what to expect
  • What you really can and can't tell from an MRI
  • Alternative treatments for shoulder injuries

Dr. Tom Hackett Links

  • Dr. Hackett's website:
  • Dr. Hackett on "The Dr.'s" as one the "Most Beautiful Male Doctors in America" (Video)
  • Dr. Hackett on the U.S. Snowboarding team (article)

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