Conservative Treatment | Dr Ackermann | Orthopaedic Surgeon
In some cases, non-surgical treatments are the more appropriate solution.
• Minimise activities that aggravate the condition, i.e. Climbing.
• Switch to low impact activities like swimming or cycling.
• Lose excess weight to reduce stress on joints, resulting in less pain and increased function.
• Specific exercises can help increase range of motion and
flexibility, as well as help strengthen the muscles in your legs.
• Using devices such as a cane or wearing a brace can be helpful in reducing strain on joints.
• Natural supplements, exercise, healthy gut and good lifestyle choice all form part of a successful conservative treatment plan. This is also beneficial to apply to pre and post-surgery life.
• Over the counter medications, non narcotic pain relievers and
anti inflammatories can alleviate symptoms, but like all medications, they can cause side effects and interact with other medications you are taking.
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are another type of pain reliever. They’re available both over-the-counter and by prescription.
A COX-2 inhibitor, such as Celebrex, is a special type of NSAID that may cause fewer gastrointestinal side effects.
• Also known as steroid injections, cortisone injections reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, easing pain and swelling in the joint.
• Application of heat helps to relax muscles, improve circulation and reduce stiffness in painful joints.
Alternatively, applying cold to inflamed and swollen joints will soothe any pain and stiffness.