Non-Surgical Treatments

 

Non-Surgical Treatments

The components of  a successful non-surgical treatment plan of muscle, bone or joint pain includes;

  • an accurate and timely diagnosis to rule out a serious injury that may require urgent medical care (fractures, infections, tumors, pediatric injuries).
  • a period of protection at the site of injury (to allow early repair tissue to form)
  • a period of modified activities of daily living (to allow for repair tissue to mature and gain tensile strength) and
  • a period of safe and appropriate rehab exercise  (to restore motion, strength and function without re-injuring repair tissue)

 

On the other hand, common reasons why patients are unsuccessful include;

  • Inaccurate diagnosis and / or delayed diagnosis.
  • Inappropriate and / or delayed treatment.
  • Premature return to activities of daily living at home, at work and in sports.
  • Using pain medications to block out the pain so a patient can continue working or playing a sport.

 

In the first 100 days….

  1. See a physician to rule out a serious injury that may require urgent medical care.
  2. See a physiotherapist for home based treatment advice and a rehab exercise program (clinic based physio treatments are not necessarily required).
  3. Get off pain medications and anti-inflammatories as soon as possible (prolonged use of pain medications and anti-inflammatories can cause re-injury, internal bleeding, dependency, chronic pain and permanent disability)
  4. Consult with your physician and / or physiotherapist before returning to work or sports (to avoid re-injury).
  5. Before asking for an MRI or an appointment to see a surgeon – please watch the video below.

Terry Kane, Registered Physiotherapist

Founder | Owner, OrthopaedicsCanada.com