The Road to Recovery: 3 Nonsurgical Treatments for Arthritis

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Pain, swelling, and limited mobility are all common symptoms of arthritis. But these limitations don’t have to get you down—there are many treatment options to help you get back to your favorite activities, and not all include surgery. When you visit the Hip and Knee Arthritis Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, our multidisciplinary team will work with you to get you back to pain-free living as soon as possible.

For many, after an initial assessment, your doctor may suggest nonsurgical treatments. “In the early stages of arthritis, surgery can sometimes be delayed by other options,” says joint replacement surgeon Ayesha Abdeen, MD, FRCSC. “It depends on the severity of your pain, as well as the degree of damage in your knee or hip.”

Those with early stage arthritis may benefit from treatments such as:

These nonsurgical treatments can provide some patients with several months or even years of relief. “But when these treatments are no longer effective in relieving day-to-day arthritis symptoms, you may wish to consider joint replacement surgery,” Abdeen says.

BIDMC offers state-of-the-art surgical care and expertise in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery.

“We understand that hip and knee disorders such as arthritis can significantly impact your life,” Abdeen says. “The comprehensive care you’ll receive at BIDMC is aimed at improving your quality of life. We’ll be there with you every step of the way on your road to recovery.”

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