Injuries to your body’s musculoskeletal system—your muscles, joints, bones and the connective tissues that hold them all together—can be pretty serious. But not all of these injuries require orthopedic surgery to heal. Depending on the problem, non-surgical treatments are a practical first option. At AnMed Health, our goal is to provide a high level of care for people seeking non-surgical orthopedics in Anderson, SC.
Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on the care of the musculoskeletal system. An orthopedic doctor holds a medical degree and has focused on caring for injuries and disorders to the joints, bones and muscles. Joint pain and sports and accident injuries are some of the most common reasons a patient sees an orthopedist.
Non-surgical orthopedics is the practice of treating musculoskeletal conditions without surgery. The dedicated physicians at AnMed Health are experts in both surgical and non-surgical techniques. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the injury. For that reason, our treatments often incorporate a wide range of therapeutic options.
What is non-surgical orthopedics?
The specialty of non-surgical orthopedics uses various non-invasive treatments shown to improve injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Non-surgical orthopedic physicians use the same types of diagnostic tools and medical knowledge as an orthopedic surgeon. However, their focus is on therapies that do not require surgery.
Benefits of non-surgical orthopedic treatment
In some cases, surgery is the best option for healing an orthopedic injury. But treating any medical problem without surgery offers several benefits, including the following:
- Shorter (or no) recovery time
- None of the risks involved with surgery and anesthesia
- Improved flexibility and movement
- Decreased pain levels
- Focus on preventing re-injury
- Return to work or normal activities immediately in some cases
- Patient education
- Less costly
AnMed Health is here to help you with non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine in Anderson, SC. Our medical team members understand how difficult it is to live with chronic or severe pain.
Who can benefit from non-surgical ortho options?
Non-surgical treatments are an option for almost any patient, but some people may find the benefits especially appealing. Examples of such people include the following:
- Athletes who don’t want treatment to interrupt training schedules
- Patients with other complications that make surgery too high-risk
- People with arthritis who can’t be helped by surgery
- Patients who do not have time for lengthy recovery periods
- Patients who have already tried surgery without results
Don’t suffer from pain because you’re not a good candidate for surgery or you don’t have time for a long recovery. Non-surgical orthopedic treatments are highly effective. In some cases, patients feel an immediate decrease in pain levels after just one treatment. If you’ve been turned down for surgical intervention or prefer to avoid surgery if possible, make an appointment to discuss non-surgical treatment options at AnMed Health.
Conditions treated with non-surgical orthopedic services in Anderson
Non-surgical orthopedists treat many of the same conditions a surgical orthopedist treats, but they use a different approach. The AnMed Health team has experience in treating patients who suffer from the following:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder pain/bursitis
- Soft tissue injuries (tendon, ligament and muscle)
- Bone fractures
- Joint pain related to arthritis
- Overuse injury
After a consultation, your AnMed Health orthopedist will create a treatment program tailored to your specific injury, medical needs and personal goals. Customized treatment plans may include a combination of non-surgical ortho options proven to be helpful for your condition.
Non-surgical orthopedic services at AnMed Health
There are several non-surgical treatments available at AnMed Health. Your orthopedic physician will make recommendations based on a thorough examination and medical history. The most commonly used procedures are explained below.
Ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections
Using ultrasound imaging, your orthopedist or sport medicine doctor can inject pain medication or other treatments with great precision. For many non-operative orthopedic procedures, the use of ultrasound can be helpful or even required to achieve best results.
Ultrasound-guided injections are often used for treating bursitis, neuritis and tendonitis. There are several other arthritic joints that can be difficult or even impossible to inject without image guidance like ultrasound. AnMed Health employs some of the most experienced physicians in the southeast in this field.
Running medicine refers to diagnostics and treatments that are specifically focused on the needs of running athletes. Your running medicine specialist can assist you in staying healthy and injury-free by analyzing your gait and educating you on injury prevention methods. Many athletes rely on running medicine to help improve their performance.
Physical therapy includes gentle stretching and strength-building exercises to improve balance, flexibility and range of motion. Physical therapy aims to reduce inflammation that causes pain and restore function in the musculoskeletal system.
Oral or topical medications to reduce pain and swelling may be prescribed as part of an overall treatment plan.
Corticosteroid injections are often used to treat inflammation and relieve joint pain. The treatment is simple and can provide many months or even permanent relief with almost no downtime after the procedure.
Joint lubricants “Viscosupplementation” injections
Your non-surgical orthopedist may suggest an injection of these medications that are designed to mimic healthy joint fluid. These treatments are intended to relieve arthritis pain and delay the need for knee replacement surgery.
”Orthobiologics” refers to the use of biological substances known to aid in healing injuries. They are naturally occurring substances within the body. When used in high concentration, orthobiologics may help relieve pain from or help heal multiple orthopedic conditions. These treatments are creating building interest and excitement as the future of non-operative orthopedic treatments.
AnMed Health employs some of the foremost leaders in the area in these procedures.
Types of orthobiologics include the following:
Prolotherapy treatment involves the injection of an irritant—typically a sugar solution—into a joint or injured soft tissue. The medical theory is that the irritant will trigger a healing response in joints or connected tissue and relieve pain.
Platelet-rich plasma injections
Platelet-rich plasma treatments (PRP) are an innovative method for treating orthopedic injuries. Blood platelets contain proteins that play an essential role in the healing process. Your clinician may recommend this treatment for sprains, tendonitis, muscle injury, or arthritis. With this technique, physicians inject a concentration of your own platelets directly into the inflamed or damaged tissue under simple local anesthesia.
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate injection
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is produced from bone marrow fluid. This concentrate contains a variety of cell types including stem cells and platelets. These concentrated cells are injected into areas of injury to speed healing or to improve symptoms of arthritis.
Fat Derived Stem Cell “Micronized fat” Injections
Fat-derived stem cells can be harvested from the patient’s own fat. After being removed under local anesthesia through a technique similar to liposuction, fatty tissue containing these cells can be processed down or “micronized” and then injected into arthritic joints or damaged soft tissue. This has been shown to improve the environment in a joint or other tissue, making it more favorable for healing, and reducing pain in most cases.
Getting started with non-surgical orthopedics in Anderson
There are two convenient ways to learn more about non-surgical ortho options at AnMed Health. Visit our orthopedic clinic or schedule a consultation with one of our clinicians by calling the AnMed Health at (864) 512-1000.
Why choose AnMed Health?
AnMed Health is a comprehensive health care provider in Anderson, SC. Our mission is to blend the art of personal care with the science of medicine to help improve the health of our patients, our staff and the entire community. Contact AnMed Health to learn more about how non-surgical orthopedic treatments can help relieve pain and get you moving again.
Non-surgical orthopedics FAQs
Does insurance cover non-surgical orthopedic treatments?
The majority of insurance plans will cover most non-surgical orthopedic treatments. The exception to this tends to be our most advanced procedures like orthobiologics. However, you should check your plan for exact coverage details. You may talk with our billing department to get on a payment plan if needed.
What is the difference between a non-surgical orthopedic physician and a chiropractor?
A non-surgical orthopedic physician is a fully trained and licensed medical doctor with 12 years of schooling and on the job training. Most are referred to as sports medicine doctors. They must complete a “fellowship” after residency to attain this certification. Chiropractors do not hold medical degrees.
Are non-surgical orthopedic treatments effective?
There is no guarantee any medical treatment—surgical or non-surgical—will be effective for every person. However, non-surgical treatments are effective for many patients, especially when two or more non-surgical treatments are combined.
How do I know if I need orthopedic surgery or not?
If non-surgical treatments do not relieve pain and improve your condition, you may be a candidate for orthopedic surgery.