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What Is Non-Surgical Orthopedics?

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While injuries to your bones, muscles, and joints can sometimes be complex, on many occasions these wounds can be treated without the use of surgery. These methods attempt to heal damage to the musculoskeletal system through non-invasive treatment options. Although it may not be an option for some particularly difficult injuries or deformities, many patients prefer to try nonsurgical orthopedics as a first option before turning to surgery.

Physical Therapy

One of the most prevalent forms of non-surgical orthopedics is physical therapy and rehabilitation. In this treatment, mobility is slowly regained by gradually strengthening muscles and joints around the injured area. Some examples of conditions where physical therapy might be prescribed include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Scoliosis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain

In many cases, physical therapy is also prescribed after surgery is performed, though it can also be used as a primary treatment option for some orthopedic needs. Physical therapists are specially trained to develop and implement programs that match your individual needs, and will take into consideration your overall health, physical ability, and diagnosis when treating you.

Platelet Rich Plasma

A procedure that is continually gaining popularity, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are able to repair damaged joints, ligaments and tendons. PRP is a relatively simple procedure that results in pain reduction and promotes healing with little to no down time. In most cases, the treatment can be administered in around half an hour. PRP works by using a small sample of your own blood, removing the red blood cells through the use of a centrifuge, and then injecting the regenerative platelets into the injury site. Some of the conditions PRP can help treat include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • ACL Tears
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Back Pain


In some cases, medication can be used to reduce swelling, pain, or stiffness. While there are several options for pain relief medicine you can buy without a doctor’s prescription, sometimes stronger medication is necessary. One example of a powerful drug is corticosteroids, which can be used to reduce inflammation and promote healing in injured areas, and may be prescribed as a possible treatment for joints affected by arthritis.

Stem Cells

One of the most powerful methods of regenerative medicine due to your body’s own natural ability to heal itself, stem cells can be extracted from healthy areas and injected into injured tissue to promote healing. Generally, stem cells are obtained from bone marrow, the soft, elastic interior of your bones. These cells are able to morph into any of the many cells in the body, and effectively adapt to the injured site to speed up the recovery process.

Other Options

While the non-surgical orthopedic options listed here are some of the most common, there are many other options you and your physician might consider. Some of these include:

  • Nerve Blocks. These procedures help prevent or greatly decrease pain in an affected area. Nerve blocks can take many forms, but are typically performed by injecting medication to stop pain in injured areas.
  • RadioFrequency Ablations. In this method of pain relief, an electrical current is created using radio waves in order to heat an area of nerves, which decreases or blocks pain signals from reaching your brain.
  • Lubrication Joint Injections: These injections hydrate and moisten your joints without the use of steroids. This decreases friction, improves joint function, and reduces pain.

You can also visit our non-surgical orthopedic procedures page for more information about the many non-surgical orthopedic options offered at CORE Medical & Wellness.

Ready to Get Started?

As one of the premier non-surgical orthopedic practices in the area, CORE Medical & Wellness can help get you back on your feet and enjoying life without the need for invasive surgery. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call 888-521-0688 or get in touch with us online.

Dr. Jag Desai, M.D. is double board certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He specializes in preventing and treating degenerative processes that can lead to conditions such as: back pain, musculoskeletal pain, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), minimally invasive spine procedures, and muscle spasticity. Read his full bio here.