Restoring Active Lifestyles

Don’t let pain or injury keep you on the sidelines of your own life.

If pain or injury is holding you back from living the life you want, SVMC Orthopedics can help. The team of board-certified providers is here to provide the individualized treatment and compassionate care you need to get back to leading the life you love. SVMC Orthopedics offers state of the art diagnostic and treatment services, including non-surgical options and same-day joint replacement. 

If you suffer from severe or chronic hip, knee, or ankle pain, total joint replacement may be the best solution. Your orthopedic surgeon will help you understand your options and how joint replacement surgery can help to not just relieve your pain, but get you back to leading a full and active life.

Whether you need a hip replacement or knee replacement, surgeries are performed at SVMC with a rehabilitation program developed in conjunction with our Sports and Therapy department. We offer both in- patient and out-patient therapy options. Some patients are able to return home from a joint replacement surgery on the same day. For patients requiring additional recovery time, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation (CLR) located on our campus can provide additional extra nursing care and therapy before returning home to fully independent care.

Because getting back to living is the ultimate goal of spinal surgery, the reduced recovery time required by minimally invasive surgery makes it an ideal option for many. 

At SVMC, you’ll be treated by a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon extensively trained in performing minimally invasive spine procedures and creating customized treatment plans. In some cases, you’ll be up and about in a few hours and back to work in a matter of days or weeks, not months.

Injuries to the rotator cuff are not only painful, they can be life limiting. When possible, the fellowship-trained surgeons at SVMC will attempt to treat your injury through non-surgical means, which may include physical therapy, medication, or injections. If those efforts are unsuccessful, your physician may recommend surgery here at SVMC. Utilizing the latest in arthroscopic technology, your repair can be made with only a slight incision, reducing your recovery time and chance of infection.  For more complicated injuries, a more involved surgery or even joint replacement may be necessary.

Regardless of your procedure, your care will continue post-surgery with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan developed in conjunction with our Physical Therapy department.

In addition to being delicate and complex, your hands and wrists are essential to your daily life. At SVMC, we appreciate that an injury or problem can limit your ability to work, play, and generally enjoy life. From fractures and arthritis to deformities and carpal tunnel syndrome, our providers can care for you. They can create a custom treatment plan using the most advanced surgical techniques, devices, and rehabilitation programs to help you maximize function and minimize pain for the best results possible.

The average person experiences two bone fractures in their lifetime. But as common as they are, every fracture is unique. From complex and stress to oblique and greenstick, at SVMC we diagnose and treat fractures with the specific cause and needs of the patient in mind. On-site imaging technology allows us to quickly assess your need and move quickly to begin the mending process. Depending upon the nature and cause of your injury, we may develop a continuing care plan to reduce or eliminate the chance of future injury.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, our board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists can help relieve your pain and get you back in the game or back to your everyday routine.

Our first approach is always conservative, meaning you won’t endure unnecessary treatments or care for your injury. We use the latest techniques and methods to resolve your issue in a manner that’s appropriate for you and your lifestyle.

If your injury does require surgery, it can be performed here, close to home where you can rest and recover in comfort. As part of your care, we’ll develop a personalized recovery plan utilizing the talents and facilities of our on-site Physical Therapy department. Together, we’ll help you recover faster, improve your strength and performance, and reduce the potential for future re-injury.

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Yoga instructor Jane Jezouit had increasing pain in her hip to the point that she had difficulty teaching her yoga classes. In this video, she describes the care she received from SVMC Orthopedics and Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer to get back to her active self.

Les Jorgensen's hip pain made it difficult for him to walk from his living room to his kitchen; never mind enjoy the activities he loves. After a hip replacement with Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD, of SVMC Orthopedics, he walks 18-holes of golf three times a week, pain free.

Celia Bahny and her family are very active. Unfortunately, Celia suffered a broken arm (in the same spot twice!) which slowed her down for a spell. Today, she is fully recovered with help from Dr. Matthew Nofziger of SVMC Orthopedics. In this video, Celia and her mother, Holly, discuss her care with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and how we helped get her back to their active lifestyle.


Avid hiker and guide Keld Alstrup relied on Dr. Matthew Nofziger and the expert team at SVMC Orthopedics to relieve his knee pain and restore his active lifestyle. Now he's back to "peak performance."


Deborah Slaner Larkin talks about the care she received from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Dr. Suk Namkoong.


332 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (844) 526-1901

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    Going from Thumb Pain to Thumbs Up
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    Going from Thumb Pain to Thumbs Up

    Practically everything we do involves our thumbs: pulling on pants, holding our coffee mug, gripping the steering wheel, or turning a key. So thumb pain can really make everyday activities more difficult. The most common cause of thumb pain is basal joint arthritis.

    Arthritis, especially that in the hands, appears to run in families. Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis in the hands than men. It is more common among those over age 40 and those who do jobs or activities that require repetitive pinching or gripping activities like factory work and sewing.

    Just like other types of osteoarthritis, basal joint arthritis occurs when the cartilage buffer between the joints is worn away. Bone rubs on bone, and it can be painful. It can also be caused by an injury to the thumb. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, decreased strength, decreased range of motion, and pain. The thumb can appear “out of joint” or subluxated. The pain can be constant or brought on by use. Limiting use can cause a decrease in muscle around the base of the thumb.

    There are lots of non-surgical treatments to try, including resting the joint, ice, heat, topical ointments, and anti-inflammatory medications. Patients may find bracing helpful or using products that are designed to be more ergonomic, like fat pens and jar grippers. Some patients find massage, acupuncture, and paraffin wax therapy helpful as well.

    If they have tried the other options, patients can consult their primary care physician for a referral to a hand surgeon to evaluate and treat the joint. The surgeon may be able to diagnose with a simple physical exam or may need an x-ray. These steps are important because they help rule out the other potential causes for the pain.

    Steroid injections into the thumb basal joint can provide lasting relief for many patients with mild or moderate arthritis.  If all else fails and the pain is still severe, the patient can opt for surgery. The most common surgery for thumb basal joint arthritis is a CMC arthroplasty where one of the bones causing the pain is removed. Traditionally, when the joint is removed it is replaced with a tendon from your forearm. More modern techniques eliminate the need to take the forearm tendon and can stabilize the joint with a strong suture instead. Patients should expect 6 weeks of full-time splinting and 3 months of occupational therapy.

    Many patients will find that home treatments will work to reduce the pain at first, but basal joint arthritis will often worsen over time. Surgery may be the only option for pain relief once other options no longer work to control the pain. Fortunately, once the patient has healed and the therapy is complete, most patients have little pain, better strength and much greater function after surgery.

    David Veltre, MD, is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon at SVMC Orthopedics in Bennington, VT. He also sees patients at Northern Berkshire Orthopedics in Williamstown, MA.

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