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Orthopedic conditions are those that affect the musculoskeletal system of your body, meaning your muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and other associated tissues. There are over 150 of these conditions, including everything from short-lived injuries to lifelong disabilities.

Some of the most common orthopedic conditions include fractures, soft-tissue injuries, and arthritis, as well as pain in the shoulder, neck, and back.

If you’re suffering from one of these conditions, or another orthopedic injury or condition, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, orthopedic conditions are the leading contributor to disability worldwide.

These conditions are not only a painful inconvenience but can greatly affect your overall quality of life. And those looking for relief often assume that surgery is their only option; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are many non-surgical treatment options for orthopedic conditions that are both effective and far less disruptive to your day-to-day life.

Read on to learn about your options for treating orthopedic conditions without surgery!


A healing technique dating back thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the olds forms of treatment in the world. It’s used in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including pain, soft tissue injuries, postural imbalances, and a variety of other musculoskeletal disorders. Specific conditions treated with acupuncture include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Elbow pain (golfers elbow and tennis elbow)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches (including migraines)
  • Hip and groin pain
  • Joint sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Meniscus tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Repetitive motion injuries

As effective as acupuncture treatment is, many people shy away from it because of a fear of needles. And while that’s completely understandable, the needles used in acupuncture are so small, the treatment is virtually painless.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy, or physiotherapy, involves the treatment of injuries, disabilities, and other conditions through hands-on care and prescribed exercise. During your sessions, your physical therapist will also educate you on the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent future problems.

Orthopedic physical therapists can treat virtually any condition that affects your movement or your ability to function physically. However, some of the most common conditions treated by orthopedic physical therapists include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint pain
  • Knee instability
  • Limited range of motion
  • Lower back pain
  • Lymphedema
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis


Physical therapy can be either a primary or complementary treatment for these conditions, depending on your specific circumstances.

Massage Therapy

You likely already know that massage therapy is useful in the relief of both pain and stress. But one of the best uses for massage therapy is actually in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. Whether you’re an athlete who’s pushed their body to the limit or simply dealing with a disorder or injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce musculoskeletal pain.

Massage and manual therapy for orthopedic conditions focuses on the tissues and muscles surrounding the joints of the body. In doing so, it helps to lengthen and soften muscles and ligaments, alleviating pain and easing tension in the affected areas.

This treatment is particularly helpful to athletes, but there are a variety of conditions that can be treated with massage therapy, including:

  • Back pain
  • Joint pain (knee, elbow, shoulder, etc.)
  • Muscle tears
  • Strains and sprains
  • Tendonitis


There are several different orthopedic massage techniques, each of which with its own set of uses and benefits. The techniques used will depend on your unique circumstances, as there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for every injury or disorder.

Chiropractic Treatment

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of chiropractic care is probably the treatment of back pain and injuries. This isn’t incorrect, spinal manipulation is in fact a large part of chiropractic treatment. However, there are many other treatments, as well as types of pain and injuries, that fall under the chiropractic care umbrella.

There are over 200 bones in the human body, in addition to hundreds of joints. A chiropractor can help with just about all of them! The following are just a few of the conditions chiropractic care can be used to treat besides back and neck pain:

  • Elbow pain (golfers elbow and tennis elbow)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraines
  • Muscle strains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries


Unlike aggressive treatments like surgery, chiropractic care relies largely on your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Through manual adjustments and supplementary treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy, you can find relief without the potential adverse side effects of the alternative.

Connect With an Orthopedic Conditions Specialist Today

Far too many people suffer from orthopedic conditions without seeking help. But as you can see, there are a variety of conservative treatment options for those living with an orthopedic injury or disorder.

Pain and discomfort don’t have to be the norm. Reach out to our office to schedule a consultation – we offer all of the treatments listed here, as well as nutrition coaching, personal training, and other services that can improve your quality of life.

To schedule an appointment with a specialist at Midlands Sports Rehab, call (989) 341-1070 or contact us using our online contact form today!