Alternatives to Surgery
Any injury is painful but with proper self-care and regular visits to your doctor, you may be able to avoid surgery. There are several alternatives to surgery that will allow you to heal quickly and efficiently while at the same time making you stronger and more resilient.
Do I Really Need Surgery?
When you experience an injury, several questions go through your head. Do you need surgery? Will your injury heal sufficiently without it? Can I even afford the cost of an extensive surgical procedure? The questions you really need to ask yourself is what alternatives to surgery are available and how can they benefit my particular injury? It’s a given that injuries like ACL tears or a damaged meniscus may require surgery to fix the problem. Injuries like tendonitis, hyperflexion of the knee, or a severe sprain, may heal themselves when the right treatment options are applied.
What Are My Alternatives?
There are several alternatives to having surgery. In some cases, surgery may not only prolong your recovery, it may cause other problems with more long-term repercussions. A few of the alternatives that you can explore include:
- Chiropractic/Massage Therapy – When used in conjunction with one another chiropractic care and massage therapy work together to bring the body back into balance. Chiropractic supports skeletal balance while massage therapy strengthens the muscles and allows them to hold the bony structure together in its natural position.
- Physical Therapy – Physical therapy uses a variety of exercises, including swimming, stretching, and strength training, to gradually build the body back up to where it was prior to the injury. By slowly strengthening the damaged tissues, you will begin to regain your range of motion, mobility, and flexibility.
- Pain Management – For injuries that require an extended healing time, like ligament tears and tendonitis, a pain management program is needed. This includes eating anti-inflammatory foods that reduce swelling in the joints, exercises that help to promote healing, and medications that allow you to remain comfortable and active.
- Stem Cell Therapy – Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, is also an alternative to certain surgeries like knee replacements. It can be on the pricier side but it can be worth it if done well.
For many doctors and primary health care providers, surgery is a last resort to be used only when other methods fail.
Working Hand In Hand With Your Physician
Any time you have an injury, it’s important that you work hand in hand with your physician. By using the treatment options offered by your physician and combining those with regular self-care methods, your healing will progress smoothly and surgery will not have to be considered. Always follow your doctor’s orders and let them know of any changes in your injury. By working together, you will be able to successfully treat your injury and get back to performing your daily routine in a short period of time. Don’t wait to call your doctor! Have your injury evaluated so you can get back on track as soon as possible.
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