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Decatur, GA 30030


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1452 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

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When is Non-Surgical Treatment the Best Choice?

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For orthopedic pain, non-surgical treatment is often your best first-line option.

It's not easy to get a clear answer when comparing treatment options because medical service providers tend to recommend their own approach. Surgeons recommend surgery. Nutritionists recommend a change in diet. And, non-surgical groups like ours will likely suggest something non-surgical.

The fact is, there is no single right answer that applies to every injury and condition. Even though we strongly believe in non-surgical diagnostics and treatment, we know that there are times when other approaches may be necessary. For orthopedic pain, however, non-surgical treatment is often your best first-line treatment. Let's look at why…

So, what exactly is non-surgical treatment?

While we definitely do a lot of physical therapy, it’s not all we do. We may use medications, injections and therapeutic exercises as well. Non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Medications to reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm while your body heals
  • Active physical therapy for strengthening of the low back muscles and abdominal muscles and improved mobility
  • Trigger point injections
  • Use of ice to decrease inflammation in the tissues
  • Training in proper body mechanics and correct posture
  • Corticosteroid injections in more serious cases

When is Non-Surgical the Best First-Line Treatment?

Only thorough diagnostic testing will truly tell us if surgery can be avoided. We regularly treat the following conditions:

  • Injuries to the musculoskeletal system
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sprains, strains, and torn ligaments
  • Back pain, neck pain, ruptured discs
  • Joint pain (knee, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow)
  • Arthritis and bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis of the knees

Benefits of Non-Surgical Treatment

Obviously, the less invasive a treatment is, the faster your recovery is going to be. As a result, arthroscopy has grown in popularity, often turning surgery into an outpatient procedure that requires less anesthesia and produces less overall risk. Here are the key benefits of avoiding surgery altogether:

  • No surgical recovery time; decreased time off from work
  • Minimal discomfort
  • No hospitalization
  • No incisions, scars, or post-operative complications
  • Less pain

We believe that non-surgical treatment is the next logical step in the evolution of medicine. Contact us today to discuss your options.