Not every orthopedic problem requires surgery. In fact, Bryn
Mawr orthopedic and sports medicine specialists often recommend a
conservative approach at the onset of treatment, including
anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, pain relievers or
synthetic joint fluid. At Bryn Mawr Hospital,
the orthopedic team provides a wide variety of pain management options
and minimally invasive procedures, including:
Prolotherapy: This non-surgical therapy injects a mild
irritant at the site of ligament and tendon weakness, causing
the area to become inflamed and signaling the body to “turn on”
its healing process.
Ultrasound-guided diagnostic injections: Often called
“blocks,” these injections are used to deaden specific anatomic
structures and can help doctors localize the source of pain.
Physical therapy: The use of exercise, heat, cold,
electricity and massage to relieve pain, promote healing, and
restore function and movement.
Epidural steroids: These injections reduce inflammation
and/or swelling of nerves in the area around the spinal cord.
Implantable pain pumps: These pumps deliver pain
medication directly to the area causing pain. They are
frequently used to control short-term post-surgical pain.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy: This therapy injects
portions of a patient’s own blood directly into an injured area,
spurring the body to repair muscle, bone and other tissue.
Cortisone shots: Commonly given in joints, these shots
may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of the
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.