The Musculoskeletal Syndrome of Menopause with Dr. Vonda Wright

Season 3, Episode 125,   Apr 25, 12:30 AM

When one thinks of a medical specialty that is knowledgeable about menopause, usually an Ob Gyn, Family Practice doctor, Internist or maybe a urologist comes to mind. In this episode , I am talking to Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon who has made it her mission to raise awareness about the musculoskeletal changes that occur as a result of menopause, and how a lack of estrogen  sabotages  the ability to be active. And that lack of activity not only impacts bone health and cardiovascular health but also cognitive function.  Today, we are talking about solutions to protect your bones, your blood vessels, and your brain. 

Dr. Vonda Wright MD, MS

Orthopedic Sport Surgeon

Associate Professor UCF College of Medicine

Orlando, Florida


  • How Dr. Wright became an Orthopedic surgeon who was interested in menopause
  • The six symptoms of musculoskeletal syndrome of menopause
  • Hot flashes go away, the consequences of MSM go on forever
  • Consequences of no estrogen: fracture, incontinence, cardiovascular compromise, dementia
  • The relationship between GSM and dementia
  • Why frozen shoulder is the number one complaint
  • If taking estrogen will help frozen shoulder
  • The relationship of menopause to osteoarthritis
  • The impact of mobility on cognitive function
  • The impact of menopause on frailty
  • The impact of testosterone on musculoskeletal syndrome of menopause
  • Exercise and cancer risk reduction
  • How heavy your weights should be to increase muscle power

For more information on this topic: 

Episode 59 - Boning Up on Bones: Part 1 with Dr. Kristi Tough DeSapri (Risk Factors for osteoporosis, and Screening)

Episode 61 Boning Up on Bones: Part 2 with Dr. Kristi Tough DeSapri (Prevention and Treatment) 

Episode 67- How Long Can you Safely Take Hormone Therapy?

Episode 85 Estrogen and Alzheimer’s Disease

Episode  111 Bone Up with Hormone Therapy with Dr. DeSapri 

Episode 123 Hormone Therapy After Age 60 with Dr. James Simon

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Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the founding medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 


Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGN Morning News, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr. Radio, Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS This Morning, ABC News Now, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and World News Tonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine, and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 

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