The Sports Medicine program at BMH incorporates orthopedic diagnoses, treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation for athletic and occupational injuries. Started a couple of years ago, this service in southeastern Vermont brings first-class sports medicine close to home. Highly-skilled care is provided by the orthopedic team of Drs. Elizabeth McLarney, Jon Thatcher, and William Vranos. In addition, physical medicine and rehabilitation services are provided by physiatrist Dr. Brett Hynninen and the BMH Rehabilitation Department.
The core of sports medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. It focuses on conditions involving shoulders, wrists, knees, ankles, and hips. Treatment can either be surgical or non-surgical, with exercise, braces, or modification of activities and techniques. Surgical specialties related to sports medicine include tendon repair, articular cartilage repair, arthroscopic surgeries, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, ankle ligament reconstruction, joint replacement, and shoulder stabilization.
The physiatrist, Dr. Hynninen provides diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of muscular and skeletal systems by physical, non-surgical means which may include physical therapy and medications. The BMH Physical Therapy Department provides support to the BMH Sports Medicine Program with an array of experienced physical and occupational therapists with whom the doctors are in close contact at every stage of treatment and rehabilitation.
Dr. McLarney received her doctor of medicine at Albany Medical College and served her internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Thatcher graduated from medical school at Boston University, serving an internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a residency at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Vranos received his medical degree at Emory University. His internship and residency in both general surgery and orthopedic surgery were at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
All three orthopedic surgeons involved in the program are certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and all are fellows in the American Academy of orthopedic Surgeons. They each are involved in various athletics and all specialize in sports medicine and total joint replacement/reconstruction and, as such, understand the needs of athletes and know how to get them back to their sport safely and quickly.
In addition to the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment services, BMH Sports Medicine is a comprehensive program of rehabilitative services including education and physical therapy, all designed to help the athlete bounce back to a maximum level of activity. This highest quality orthopedic care isn’t hours away, but just a hop, skip, and a jump!
The Sports Medicine Program is a cooperative effort of BMH and Brattleboro Union High School in the interest of helping make sports safer for students. It serves as a resource for local school sports, providing local athletes a physician in attendance at games, and athletic trainers to consult with the various teams. As in previous years, the athletic trainer will provide injury prevention information for student athletes and serve as a liaison between the school, the BMH orthopedic offices, and BMH Rehabilitation Services (physical therapy) department. The trainer can work with the orthopedic surgeon providing follow-up with injured athletes and also will work with the BMH Rehab Services department cooperating in the rehabilitation of sports injuries.
Orthopedic surgeon William Vranos, MD, serves as medical director of the BMH Sports Medicine program and physical therapist Eileen Casey is the BMH Rehab Services director. For more information about this program, call 802-258-6400.