The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Orthopedics Department has begun offering ultrasound-guided intra articular joint injections in the office setting. Ultrasound imaging allows improved placement of pain relieving injections. The procedure, which had previously been available only at the hospital, can now also be administered in the SVMC Orthopedics office at 332 Dewey Street in Bennington.
"Our aim is to provide the most advanced treatments to our patients as conveniently as possible,” said Ivette Guttmann, MD, a Sports Medicine specialist at SVMC Orthopedics and the one who administers the procedure. “We’re happy that we can help those with joint pain get the care they need in our familiar and comfortable office environment."
Arthritis, the inflammation of your joint, is a common cause of joint pain and stiffness. In some cases, an injection of a steroid with an anesthetic given directly into the joint can work to reduce this inflammation and provide pain relief. It can make it easier for patients to complete beneficial physical therapy exercises and return to their activities of daily living.
Shoulders, knees, and hips are the most common joints treated with ultrasound-guided intra articular joint injections. The procedure takes 15 – 30 minutes and can provide pain relief that lasts for months.
SVMC Orthopedics offers preventive and non-surgical treatments, minimally invasive surgery, and surgery for sports injuries, painful joints, and complicated fractures. They execute complete joint replacements, rotator cuff repair, and surgeries on hands, knees, wrists, feet, elbows and ankles. The office is located at 332 Dewey Street in Bennington. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 802-442-6314 or visit svhealthcare.org/orthopedics.