Most cases of arthritis are manageable without surgery. Usually, the first step in treatment is to rest the joints and use medications to relieve swelling and pain. If you need further treatment, the team at Restore Health might recommend:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Knee viscosupplementation (HYALGAN®)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Stretching and exercise
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

If your arthritis has progressed to the point that non-surgical treatments don’t make much difference, surgery may be necessary. In one type of surgery for arthritis called a synovectomy, a surgeon removes the inner lining of the joint called the synovium.

Other surgical procedures involve bone realignment or joint fusing to prevent rubbing and irritation. Joint replacement is also possible in some cases.