Alternatives to Joint Surgery
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the following strategies may help ease joint pain, depending on the extent of your condition.
Maintain a healthy weight, avoid high impact activities and work to build strength and flexibility.
Wear supportive footwear or flexible braces.
Hot and Cold
Apply heat, ice or hot/cold salves to reduce discomfort.
Over the Counter
Try anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin may also relieve pain, through their long term benefits have not yet been proven.
Explore the use of corticosteroid shots or other arthritis medications.
Consider arthroscopic surgery, which cleans out joint debris or repairs tears; an osteotomy, which cuts away part of the bone to improve joint alignment, or cartilage grafting.
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