Minor orthopedic conditions can be treated starting with non-surgical therapy, also known as conservative treatment. Onward Orthopedic physicians specialize in conservative treatment including steroid injections, stem-cell therapy, PRP injections and physical therapy.
Before any other treatment is attempted, your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter or prescribed medication known as NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This type of medication helps decrease pain and inflammation. Examples include ibuprofen and Naprosyn.
Steroid injections are common non-surgical treatments for relief of pain caused by inflammation in the joints. Injections into a joint will help relieve pain, but also restore functions for mild tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, and ligament injuries.
Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections can improve function and decrease pain across multiple joint areas. A PRP injection is different than a steroid injection because it contains your own concentrated platelets and growth factors to help promote healing.
Patients who wish to attempt all conservative treatment options prior to surgery may be recommended to physical therapy. During physical therapy, patients work directly with therapists to begin working on movements which will help restore flexibility and ease discomfort.