Physical therapy can be a very successful non-surgical treatment for many conditions. It will often be prescribed by your doctor before and/or after surgery. The goal of physical therapy is to speed your recovery, improve your function and range of motion, and strengthen your muscles. Click here to learn more.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
NSAIDS are drugs that relieve pain, fever, and inflammation without using steroids. Steroids can have similar effects, but also more side effects. NSAIDS include over the counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. These drugs are often very effective in reducing pain and swelling caused by inflammation or injury. Ask your doctor before taking NSAIDS if you are concerned about drug interactions, such as with blood thinners like Coumadin.
Injections Corticosteroid Injections
Corticosteroid injections are also used to treat pain and swelling caused by inflammation. They are typically injected at the site of inflammation such as a joint, bursa, or tendon. These injections have the potential to significantly reduce pain and even cure some conditions.