Non-Surgical Treatments

Detailed Recommendations for Self-Recovery

The person that can do the most to help you heal quickly is you! Dr. Porter believes that patients must be proactive in their own recovery. He provides detailed recommendations for following protocols, participating in physical therapy, and taking prescribed mediations. Under Dr. Porter's care, you are always encouraged to ask questions and take control of your healing process.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be a very successful non-surgical treatment for many conditions. Physical therapy can include weight training exercises, stretching, massage, and other specialized treatments. It will often be prescribed by your doctor for many conditions before and after surgery. The goal of physical therapy is to speed your recovery, improve your function and range of motion, and strengthen your muscles. This treatment generally should not be painful, so be sure to ask questions of your therapist or doctor if something does not feel right.

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

NSAIDS are drugs that relieve pain, fever, and inflammation without using steroids. Steroids can have similar effects, but also more side effects. NSAIDS include over the counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. These drugs are often very effective in reducing pain and swelling caused by inflammation or injury. Ask you doctor before taking NSAIDS if you are concerned about drug interactions, such as with blood thinners like Coumadin.

Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroid injections are also used to treat pain and swelling caused by inflammation. They are typically injected at the site of inflammation such as a joint, bursa, or tendon. These injections have the potential to significantly reduce pain and even cure some conditions.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections* (PRP/PRFM)

Please read more about this cutting edge technique in our Highlighted Surgeries and Services section.