The orthopedic trauma surgeons at gO provide skilled care for injuries sustained skiing, mountain biking, in car crashes, and other accidents. gO orthopedic trauma treats the entire spectrum of injuries, from simple fractures to complex injuries. Trauma and fracture care begins with expert decision making on the proper surgical or nonsurgical treatment for each trauma patient. Our surgeons have the training and expertise to devise the most effective treatment plans for each case presented.
Our orthopedic trauma surgeons specialize in:
Exercise and physical activity is integral to a healthful lifestyle. Whether you developed your injury on the slopes, mountain biking, training for your first marathon, or during your weekly exercise routine, the sports medicine experts at gO are here to help get you back to doing the things you love. Our physicians provide medical care, treatment, and rehabilitation plans for professional athletes, recreational athletes, and everyone in between. At gO we specialize in athletic injuries of the joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and ligaments, with a special focus on knee, hip, shoulder, foot and ankle conditions. Working together, we’ll get you back to Better than BeforeTM.
If you suffer from a painful or debilitating hand or arm problem the Hand and Upper Extremity Division at gO can help. The division is led by Rhett J. Griggs, MD the only fellowship trained upper extremity specialist on the Western Slope. Under his care you will be treated by an orthopedic surgeon who has devoted a significant portion of his career and training to the treatment of arms, elbows, hands, wrists and fingers. Dr. Griggs has treated countless patients with the most complicated hand and arm injuries and disorders.
Our orthopedic trauma surgeons specialize in:
gO Orthopedics is the leading joint reconstruction and joint replacement practice in the Western Slope. We offer breadth and depth of expert joint care unparalleled in our region. Our team of board certified, fellowship trained surgeons are experts in the reconstruction of knees, hips, ankles, shoulders, and elbows. Dr. Clifton routinely provides cutting-edge treatment options such as short stay joint replacements and accelerated rehabilitation allowing patients to get back to their favorite activities sooner after total joint replacement. He is one of only a few doctors in Colorado and across the country currently using this technique.
Our full-range services include:
The division of pediatrics at gO is led by Dr. Blake Clifton, the only fellowship trained pediatric sports medicine doctor on the Western Slope. At gO all our pediatric orthopedic specialists provide highly skilled and compassionate care to our pediatric patients. Our physicians understand the particular developmental needs of children and work to ensure your child receives comprehensive and individualized care governed by age appropriate treatment plans. Children love to be on the gO and it’s our mission keep them gOing.
gO Orthopedics + Sports Medicine merges evidence-based orthopedics with cutting-edge techniques in regenerative medicine. Our physicians have access to the latest medical breakthroughs, including the newest stem cell treatments that are revolutionizing how patients recover from strains, sprains and torn ligaments.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a technique that uses the patient’s own blood to help the body heal damaged tissue. Platelets in our blood contain proteins called growth factors which are critically important in the healing of injuries. PRP injections are a concentrated source of selected growth factors and proteins that play an essential role in healing. Using PRP injections our doctors are able to target the damaged area with the goal of shortening healing time, improving function, and relieving pain. PRP is extremely effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries and arthritis. Additionally, it is also used with success in the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. The safety and efficacy of PRP has made it a often sought after treatment by many professional athletes who use it for common sports injuries such as pulled hamstring muscles, ligament injuries, and knee sprains.
When treating osteoarthritis of the knee we aim to provide lasting and effective pain relief. Through a procedure known as viscosupplementation the orthopedic specialists at gO are able to inject a dose of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid serves as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joints; it occurs naturally and is found in the synovial (joint) fluid. However, patients with “wear and tear arthritis” or osteoarthritis have below normal concentrations of hyaluronic acid in their joints; because of this viscosupplementation is often an effective non-surgical treatment. Added benefits of visosupplementation include the ability of injections to stimulate the body to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid, pain relief, and significant inflammation reduction.
Steroid injections help decrease inflammatory reactions around tendons, ligaments, and in joints. The orthopedic specialists at gO use corticosteroid injections to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the affected area. The injection aims to relieve pain and swelling caused by the inflammation of tendons, knees, shoulders, or hips that result from injuries and other inflammatory reactions. In the majority of cases, the steroid in the injection will become effective in 2-3 days and can last for several weeks to months or may resolve the problem completely. The efficacy for relief of pain and inflammation in steroid injections is not always predictable, however these injections very often help to significantly reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body.
Shara was hired by gO in 2018 because of her specialty in counseling and belief and experience that integrated health care is the most effective way to treat the person as a whole, mind and body. While working in both medical and school settings, Shara became more aware of how mental health issues can be primary or secondary to physical health issues, such as a sports injury. Primary mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, are present before an injury. If a person has been managing their symptoms through sports activity and suddenly an injury prevents them from engaging in that activity, their coping strategy is no longer in place and their challenging symptoms can increase. Secondary mental health issues are symptoms like depression, anxiety, grief due to loss, anger, substance use, etc. that emerge after a person becomes injured and is unable to participate in activities that provide them with positive outcomes. Counseling is helpful for both primary and secondary mental health issues, where new, healthy, effective coping strategies can be developed.
Shara works with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, challenges related to health issues, disordered eating, difficulty adjusting to transitions, as well as family and psychosocial issues.
Shara works with all ages and draws from humanistic, somatic, neurobiological, and developmental approaches to bring about integration and healing. Shara meets people where they’re at mentally, emotionally, socially, and developmentally, and works with them to build upon their strengths, developing authentic expression and the ability to self regulate. Through this process, individuals are better able to cope with, and overcome their challenges so that they can live more fully.
Shara has an eclectic approach due to the belief that people may respond better to certain modalities due to who they are, and what issues they’re dealing with. This has lead to specialized training in areas including art therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, solution focused therapy, play therapy, sandplay therapy, and wilderness therapy.
Shara grew up in California and New Mexico, with parents who instilled a love of nature and showed her ways to explore it, including skiing, rock climbing and hiking.
Shara took 3 years time before attending grad school to immerse herself in skiing, becoming a certified PSIA nordic and telemark ski instructor, as well as a National Ski Patroller, backcountry division. During that time, she was a caretaker for a Forest Service cabin and spent time on skis nearly every day of the ski season in the Sierra Nevada range.
Shara has a passion for telemark and nordic skiing, hiking and backpacking, climbing peaks, which she does as often as possible, with her husband and dog. Shara has 2 step-daughters, one in college and one who just graduated. Shara also loves spending time being creative, whether it’s painting, drawing, cooking or dancing.
Examples of services offered through gO Orthopedics + Sports Medicine include:
Therapeutic orthopedic massage is a treatment many patients find extremely effective. We are proud to offer The gO Massage, a signature musculoskeletal massage that was created by our chief massage therapist in conjunction with our physicians. This massage is choreographed to includes a customizable segment where your specific injury or needs will be addressed. The gO Massage is a type of manual therapy that focuses on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. In addition to treating a wide variety of injuries, The gO Massage is used to decrease and manage pain, increase range of motion, and restore normal body movement and function. It can also help expedite recovery from surgery or activity and alleviate post exercise soreness. Our signature massage is a unique therapy that combines deep tissue sports massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neural mobilization, and joint mobilizations.
The division of massage therapy at gO is headed by Megan Haver, LMT. Meghan has been a certified massage therapist since November of 2003, graduating from Mountain Heart Massage School located in Crested Butte. Meghan specializes in swedish, sports, neuromuscular, deep tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massage. Recently she took a course in cupping and is excited to add this type of massage to her quiver. In addition, Meghan studied ortho-bionomy and has been practicing and incorporating it into her bodywork since 2007. She loves her work and feels it is extremely rewarding as she is constantly learning from each and every client. Meghan comes highly recommended by all gO providers for pre and post-operative and performance massages. When she’s not in her gO studio, you’ll find her teaching aerial dance at the Crested Butte School of Dance.
Meghan has been fortunate enough to call Crested Butte her home since 2002. Her husband Kyle is a busy carpenter and they have two boys who enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and climbing.
Pamper yourself with light to medium pressure, to rejuvenate, relax and create balance in your body (also assists with acclimating to the high altitude)
Utilizing muscle rub cream with deep long strokes to relieve severe tension in muscles & fascia. Great after an intense workout, training, bike, run, or ski
Involves stretching and movement to help ease tension in the fascia and increases circulation while using arnica and a cream specific for your muscles
Detoxes, warms, and relaxes the muscles while addressing your specific needs and preferences. Melt away tension and ease muscle stiffness.
Nurturing while improving circulation, and mobility. Lessens discomforts that can come with pregnancy. (Best for women after their 1st trimester)
Helps with injuries and pre/post surgery by easing pain in muscle and joints while increasing movement and circulation without creating discomfort
“We believe that a healthy body is key for a happy, healthy and confident mind. gO Orthopedics is dedicated to health and wellness through sport to empower girls, build self-esteem, and promote healthy habits.“ – Rhett Griggs, MD