Should I manage the pain or have surgery?

Any one of our doctors will tell you that in almost every instance, their patient tells THEM when it's time for surgery, not the other way around. While serious trauma like fractures or other extreme injuries often require surgery immediately, most orthopedic conditions happen gradually or just aren't bad enough to have to rush to the doctor.

All of the Coastal Ortho Advanced Orthopedics doctors are very skilled surgeons, yet approximately 10% or less of their non-trauma patients actually end up having surgery. There are many, many options for treating orthopedic pain. These options can either prevent surgery altogether (this happens a lot!) or put it off for months or years. This responsible, well-informed type of medicine creates important time and space for patients to decide what's best for themselves and their families.

One of the things our doctors are known for is listening. Another is investigating the whole health story of every patient and finding the best treatment program for each. Activities, lifestyle, and diet profoundly affect the body's musculoskeletal system. A course correction from an excellent doctor can make all the difference toward living a healthier life. 

Here are some of the most common non-surgical treatment options you and your doctor can use to help you:

  • Rest
  • Activity Modification
  • In-Office Physical Therapy and Home Therapy Instructions
  • Anti-inflammatory Medications
  • Steroid Medications or Injections
  • Joint Lubrication Injections
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy 
  • Braces and Orthotics
  • Environment Modification