While there are some circumstances where surgical intervention is appropriate, many can—and should—be treated through alternative methods like physical therapy.
We at Elite PT are huge proponents of conservative management—meaning treatment that avoids invasive measures like surgery—and it’s rare that any musculoskeletal condition requires surgical intervention anyway. Recent studies have even revealed that when comparing the long term results of surgery versus conservative management, the results are often the same, and if anything, conservative management can have better outcomes with less side effects.
For most conditions, physical therapy consisting of exercise, manual therapy1, and other modalities for a period of three months can resolve the issue. Physical therapists like ours work to make sure a client’s condition is fully understood and that the treatment plan is tailored to their unique situation, because if not, the condition will likely not improve or could even worsen and eventually lead to surgical intervention that could have been otherwise avoided.