A visit to the orthopedic surgeon doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. Sevag Bastian, MD, in Glendale, California, uses non-surgical treatments, including physical therapy, medication, and regenerative medicine, to treat various types of joint, neck, and back pain, as well as sports injuries. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about non-surgical treatments for your orthopedic pain.
Dr. Bastian offers a wide variety of non-surgical treatments, including:
A prescription brace or splint can provide support and stability to an injured or damaged joint. Many sprains and fractures heal with non-surgical treatments like cast immobilization or bracing.
Physical therapy is an essential part of most orthopedic treatment plans. Physical therapy helps you regain strength and mobility after an injury. It may also help you avoid surgical treatment for conditions like arthritis.
A steroid injection reduces inflammation, which provides pain relief. Depending on your situation, the injection may contain a corticosteroid alone or combined with an anesthetic to numb pain.
Regenerative medicine uses several techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, and viscosupplementation, to boost your body’s natural healing process. Dr. Bastian uses Synvisc-One® viscosupplementation injections.
Various medications, such as ibuprofen, can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation from injuries and arthritis.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin, single-use sterile needles into specific locations on your skin. This key element of traditional Chinese medicine has been proven effective for many purposes, including pain relief.
Dr. Bastian uses non-surgical methods to treat many types of problems that affect the neck, low back, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Common conditions that may resolve with non-surgical treatments include:
Non-surgical approaches are usually the first treatments that Dr. Bastian considers when he creates your customized treatment plan. However, severe injuries, such as complex fractures, or pain that doesn’t resolve with non-surgical treatment, may require surgery.
To determine whether non-surgical treatments are right for you, Dr. Bastian performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. He may also take diagnostic imaging tests, like an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI, to evaluate the extent of your injury.
In most cases, non-surgical treatments are enough to relieve your pain and restore normal functioning. Some people, such as competitive athletes and professionals who need to perform repetitive motions, may need surgery to fully return to their pre-injury state.
If surgery is necessary, Dr. Bastian uses the least-invasive approach possible, such as arthroscopy.
To find out how you can recover from an orthopedic injury or condition with non-surgical treatments, call Sevag Bastian, MD, or book an appointment online today.