Surgery isn’t always the only answer for treating orthopaedic injuries and conditions. In fact, at UT Southwestern Medical Center, surgery often is the last treatment option we try.
We provide a variety of nonsurgical treatment options, including:
- Cast, splint, or brace to immobilize the bones so they heal properly
- Physical therapy, including acupuncture, massage, manipulation of the bone, and exercise
- Pain medication, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Injections such as cortisone, steroids, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), in which some of your blood is drawn and the platelets are spun out and injected back into your body. PRP can boost the healing process for soft tissue.
All treatment plans are individualized for each patient. Your UT Southwestern orthopaedic surgeon will work with you to help you decide the best treatment for your condition.