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
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 body.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.