Champlain Valley Orthopedics
1436 Exchange Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
The overuse of antibiotics for viral infections has resulted in bacteria becoming resistant to many of the antibiotics currently available. Young children, older adults, and anyone with a poor immune system are advised to take antibiotics for bacterial infections.
The doctor uses lab tests to identify the specific bacteria present. The antibiotic is prescribed based on the results of these tests. Early detection and treatment is important to prevent serious problems later. Joint infection can cause joint destruction with pain and loss of motion and function.
Before taking an antibiotic you can ask your doctor to confirm for you the presence and type of bacteria being treated.Pamela Mehta, MS, et al. Septic Arthritis of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. October 2006. No. 451. Pp.42-45.
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