Joint Replacement and Arthritis Non-Surgical Options

After evaluating the extent of the damage or deterioration to your joints, your surgeon may suggest non-surgical treatment options. Pain by itself may not mean you are a good candidate for surgery. Nonsurgical treatment can range from medication, injections, and other forms of therapy.

Non-surgical options for the knee:

  • Cortisone injections

Cortisone shots can help relieve pain and inflammation in your joints. Typically performed in office, your surgeon will numb the area undergoing treatment with a local anesthetic and insert a needle containing the corticosteroid medication. While pain and inflammation can briefly flare up after a cortisone injection, you should expect relief from pain and inflammation after 48 hours which can last several months.

  • Visco-Supplementation Injections

Visco-Supplementation injections are a non-surgical treatment for arthritis of the knee. This in-office procedure consists of the injection of hyaluronic acid (gel-like fluid) into the knee joint. The gel acts as a lubricant for your joint, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. 

  • Bracing

One way to manage pain or stiffness associated with arthritis of the knee. By bracing portions of the leg and knee, you can shift weight off of damaged parts of the joint and increase your confidence while you move.

  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Dedicated at Home Knee Therapy

Sometimes these treatments are used in conjunction with each other.


Nonsurgical options for the hip:

  • Ultrasound Guided Cortisone Injections

Cortisone shots can help relieve pain and inflammation in your joints. Typically performed in office, your surgeon will numb the area undergoing treatment with a local anesthetic and insert a needle containing the corticosteroid medication. Ultrasound technology is used to ensure medication is injected with precision into the damaged area of the hip. While pain and inflammation can briefly flare up after a cortisone injection, you should expect relief from pain and inflammation after 48 hours which can last several months. 

  • Trochanteric Bursa Injections

A trochanteric bursitis is a form of chronic hip pain associated with the hip. A trochanteric bursa injection is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure in which medication (anesthetic and cortisone) is injected into the hip joint. The procedure only takes 30-60 minutes and patients can experience relief from pain and improved mobility within a couple of weeks.

  • Physical Rehabilitation 
  • Dedicated at Home Hip Therapy

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