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At GVO we utilize both surgical and non-surgical options to provide comprehensive care for: 

Orthopedic trauma and fracture care.  

Every injury is different and having an experienced team who can make the right decisions about your care is key to recovery. The team at GVO specializes in: 

  • Early stabilization of fractures 
  • Fractures of the arm, leg and joints 
  • Tendon injuries 
  • Ligament reconstruction and repair 
  • Dislocations 
  • Distal nerve repair 
  • Partial amputations 
  • Nail bed repair 
  • Crush injuries 
  • Lacerations 

Pediatric orthopedic care. 

Children and adolescents are still growing and developing, and their injuries often require treatment that differs from that of an adult. Dr. Blake Clifton is fellowship trained in orthopedics and sports medicine for both children and adults. He understands the differences and has the expertise to ensure your child receives comprehensive and individualized care governed by age-appropriate treatment plans. 

Total joint replacement. 

Dr. Blake Clifton is the Medical Director for the Total Joint Program at Gunnison Valley Health. Providing leadership and routinely performing cutting-edge treatments such as short stay joint replacements and accelerated rehabilitation allowing patients to get back to their favorite activities sooner after total joint replacement. Dr. Clifton is a board certified, fellowship trained surgeon and an expert in the reconstruction of knees, hips, ankles, shoulders and elbows. 

The Gunnison Valley Health Total Joint program offers shoulder, hip and knee replacements with cutting edge plastics, ceramics as well as titanium and improved metal on metal technology. 

For most patients, total joint replacements are outpatient procedures, but some people prefer to stay overnight and receive extra support. At Gunnison Valley Health we can accommodate both without transporting you outside of the valley. 

Care of athletes by athletes. 

Our sports medicine providers offer medical care, treatment and rehabilitation plans for professional athletes, recreational athletes and everyone in between. Because GVO is a part of the local healthcare system, our patients can easily access a comprehensive array of services including physical and occupational therapy, concussion treatment and rehabilitation and sports physicals with a board-certified pediatrician. 

Non-surgical options for treatment of sprains, strains, torn ligaments and osteoarthritis. 

When surgery isn’t the right option, the providers at GVO utilize non-surgical treatments to support healing and recovery.  

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

This technique uses a patient’s own blood to help the body heal damaged tissue. Using PRP injections our doctors can target the damaged area with the goal of shortening healing time, improving function and relieving pain. PRP is extremely effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries and arthritis. Additionally, it is also used with success in the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. 

Visco-supplementation injections.

This technique provides long lasting and effective pain relief for conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee. Through a procedure known as visco-supplementation we can inject a dose of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid serves as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joints; it occurs naturally and is found in the synovial (joint) fluid. Additional benefits include the ability of injections to stimulate the body to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid, pain relief and significant inflammation reduction.

Corticosteroid injections.

This treatment helps decrease inflammatory reactions around tendons, ligaments and in joints. We use corticosteroid injections to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the affected area. The injection can help to relieve pain and swelling caused by the inflammation of tendons, knees, shoulders or hips that result from injuries and other inflammatory reactions.  

Convenient access to everything Gunnison Valley Health has to offer. 

Because GVO is a part of the local health system we can easily help you access all the care you need to recover and return to activity safely. Our expert team will support you with care coordination of a variety of rehabilitation and preventative services including: 

  • Physical and occupational therapy 
  • Concussion baseline testing, treatment and rehabilitation 
  • Hand therapy and custom splinting 
  • Bike fitting 
  • Sports physicals with a board-certified pediatrician