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

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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    Solving Hip Pain
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    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2020

    Solving Hip Pain

    There’s almost no limit to the ways patients describe hip pain—aching, burning, sharp, throbbing, dull, hot, radiating, searing, and even “stabby.” But no matter the descriptor, hip pain can be very limiting. From interrupted sleep and reduced balance to painful walking or even standing, it can limit your ability to engage in desired routines and can affect your quality of life.

    The key to treating hip pain is figuring out what’s causing it. But because the cause of pain can originate from places other than the actual hip joint—for example, your back, groin, or even a hernia— it can be a bit of a puzzle to figure out how to treat it.  Imaging, a medical history, and a physical exam all help to inform the diagnosis and the treatment. In many cases, pain can be addressed with simple exercises, rest, ice, and oral or topical medications.

    Here’s a look at four of the most common issues we see in our practice along with the first-line treatments we recommend:

    Muscle strain or tear
    If you have pain in your groin area, it might be the result of a strain or tear of muscles or other soft tissues in the lower abdomen. This type of injury often occurs in sports involving a lot of extreme twisting and turning, such as basketball, and especially in those who aren’t in peak physical condition (i.e. weekend warriors).

    Treatment: For mild strains, several weeks of rest along with ice and anti-inflammatory medication can provide relief and help with healing. More serious strains might require support by physical therapy to heal. For some tears, surgery may be required.

    Pain on the outside of your hip, thigh, and/or buttocks is a common symptom of bursitis. Pain from bursitis often persists whether your resting, active, or lying still. Caused by inflammation of the fluid sacs that keep tendons and muscles from rubbing directly against the hip bone, bursitis is especially common in older adults.

    Treatment: Rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory and/or pain medications are commonly used to treat bursitis. Deep tissue massage techniques often help and can even be self-applied with a foam roller. You can roll the painful area of your body over the roller (a round piece of hard foam) to massage. Physical therapy can often assist with improving pain. In extreme cases, cortisone injection may be recommended to help with inflammation.

    Tendonitis occurs when you overuse or strain the tendons in your hip region. Activities that involve repetitive motion, such as long distance running, dance, or soccer, commonly contribute to tendonitis. Symptoms include soreness of the tendon—especially during movement—and tenderness to the touch. 

    Treatment: Patients with tendonitis are encouraged to take a break from their activities causing the strain. Ice and anti-inflammatory medication should be used to help with swelling and tenderness. In addition, physical therapy may be recommended to help build strength and flexibility. At the end of the rest period—typically 1 – 2 weeks—patients should ease back into their routines to avoid re-injury.

    Osteoarthritis is a very common cause of stiffness and dull persistent hip pain, especially in older adults. The pain stems from a breakdown of the cartilage that cushions your hip bones and buildup of bone spurs that stiffen the motion in your hip. When this happens, the bones in the joint no longer fit together neatly and, eventually, begin to rub together when in motion. The pain gradually increases over time while you feel stiffness and the range of motion decreases. In addition to aging, traumatic injuries and high-impact sports can increase your chances of getting osteoarthritis.

    Treatment: Early treatment for osteoarthritis includes rest, ice, activity modification to lower impact activity like swimming, bicycling, and walking and over-th- counter anti-inflammatory medications. If symptoms worsen, ultrasound-guided cortisone injections or platelet-rich-plasma injections to the hip joint can be consider to alleviate the symptoms. In severe case, where symptoms worsen and do not improve, hip replacement surgery is very successful in restoring function and a pain-free life.  

    If you’re suffering with lingering hip pain, contact SVMC Orthopedics to schedule an appointment with a provider. Relief may be easier to achieve than you think.

    Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD, is the medical director of SVMC Orthopedics. 


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