Non-Surgical   Orthopedic Treatments

Surgery is not required for every orthopedic condition. At University Hospitals, our orthopedic team offers a wide range of non-surgical techniques to effectively treat muscle pain, skeletal pain and lack of mobility.

Non-Surgical Orthopedic Treatments

Orthopedic non-surgical treatments may include:

  • Steroid Injections
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures

These treatments can restore proper movement, strengthen muscles and joints, and increase range of motion without surgery. We will help you decide on the optimal care path for your orthopedic condition to achieve your personal health goals and get you back on your feet.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Our multidisciplinary care teams may include orthopaedists and sports medicine physicians, but also primary care physicians, radiologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and other providers. Together, we will design a step-by-step treatment plan based on your unique care needs. Those steps may include:

  • Activity Modification: In some cases, resting the affected area and allowing it to repair on its own is the only care needed.
  • Assistive devices: A brace, orthotic, sling, cane or other assistive device can allow the injury to repair.
  • Steroid injections: A program of injections, which may include a combination of numbing injections, could be utilized to relieve pain and improve function. These injections may also help our team decide if your condition requires stronger therapies.

Advanced Minimally Invasive Treatments

Together, we may choose to pursue a minimally invasive procedure to reduce your joint discomfort or improve your mobility. Our highly trained and skilled physicians are experienced in a wide variety of these treatments that can be performed. These treatments include:

  • Percutaneous tenotomy: Known as the brand-name Tenex, this treatment uses ultrasound guidance to identify diseased, pain-generating tendon tissue and employs a tiny needle moving at ultrasonic speed to remove it.
  • Sodium hyaluronate injections: This is a treatment to simulate the fluid that surrounds the joint. These injections can relieve pain caused by arthritis of the knee.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options to treat the musculoskeletal system (which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles) can be used to help relieve:


Bone Problem Pain:

Bone Deformity Pain
Bone Infection Pain
Bone Tumor Pain
Bone Fracture Pain
Nonunion Pain – (pain from a broken bone that fails to heal)
Malunion Pain – (pain from a fracture that heals in a wrong position)
Spinal Deformity Pain

Joint Problem Pain


Arthritis Pain
Bursitis Pain
Dislocation Pain
Joint Inflammation Pain
Joint Pain
Joint Swelling Pain
Ligament Tear Pain

Ankle & Foot Pain


Arthritis Pain
Bunion Pain
Fasciitis Pain
Foot and Ankle Deformity Pain
Fracture Pain
Hammer Toe Pain
Heel Pain
Heel Spur Pain
Joint Pain
Ligament Injury Pain
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Pain
Sesamoiditis Pain
Tendon Injury Pain

Hand & Wrist Pain


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain
Ganglion Cyst Pain
Hand Arthritis Pain
Hand Fracture Pain
Hand Ligament Pain
Hand Tendon Pain
Infection Pain
Joint Pain
Tendinitis Pain
Tendon Tear Pain
Wrist Arthritis Pain
Wrist Fracture Pain
Wrist Ligament Pain
Wrist Tendon Pain



Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Impingement syndrome
Loose or foreign bodies
Rotator cuff tear
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Torn labrum
SLAP tears



Cartilage and meniscus injuries
Dislocation of the kneecap (patella)
Ligament sprains or tears (anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, medial collateral, and lateral collateral ligament tears)
Meniscus injuries
Loose or foreign bodies
Osgood-Schlatter disease



Dislocation or separation
Ligament sprains or tears
Loose or foreign bodies
Tennis or golfers elbow (epicondylitis or tendinitis)
Elbow stiffness or contractures



Herniated (slipped) disk
Infection of the spine
Injury to the spine
Spinal stenosis
Spinal tumor
Spinal cord injuries


Imaging procedures can help diagnose or even treat many orthopedic conditions. Your health care provider may order:

Arthrogram (joint x-ray)
Bone scans
Computed tomography (CT) scan
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

Sometimes, treatment involves injections of medicine into the painful area. This may involve:

Corticosteroid injections into joints, tendons, and ligaments, and around the spine
Hyaluronic acid injection to help relieve arthritis pain

Surgical procedures used in the treatment of orthopedics include:

Arthroscopic surgeries
Bunionectomy and hammer toe repair
Cartilage repair or resurfacing procedures
Cartilage surgery to knee
Fracture care
Ligament reconstructions
Repair of torn ligaments and tendons
Spine surgery, including diskectomy, foraminotomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion

Newer orthopedic services procedures include:

Minimally invasive surgery
Advanced external fixation
Use of bone graft substitutes and bone-fusing protein

Downtown Pain Physicians

Patients visit this practice from all over NYC due to their unique approach and extensive medical offerings. This includes Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn & Bronx. The medical practice is in the Downtown & Lower Manhattan area near the Lower East Side, Tribeca, Financial District, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Soho, Chelsea, East Village, Murray Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg and the local zip codes of course (10038, 10007, 10022, 10005, 10006, 10280, 10004, 11201, 11251 11217, 11211, 11231 & 10013).

A Medical Examination is Required to Diagnose and Treat Any & All Medical Conditions.

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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