Dr. Hanson, while specializing in joint replacement surgery, knows that some people prefer trying every non-surgical treatment possible for their orthopaedic problems. These include fairly standard treatments like Cortisone and Ketorolac injections (anti-inflammatories) and viscosupplementation injections (lubricants such as Supartz, Hyalgan, Synvisc, Orthovisc).
There are some treatments which are considered “alternative medicine” and are not covered by insurances, and which do not have absolute acceptance in the medical field. Yet, these treatments have been successful in many individuals, and therefore some patients seek them out. These therapies include prolotherapy injections, PRP injections, and other similar recently available products.
If you have questions about these alternatives, please feel free to bring them up at your office visit with Dr. Hanson.