Conservative Care

Conservative care is centered around treatment without surgery, whenever it is safe for you.

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Many bone, joint, muscle and tendon issues can be treated and resolved without surgery. At Summit, our surgeons join with all of our staff in believing in a conservative-first approach to care. We employ non-surgical physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists offering conservative treatments including rest, medication, and exercise. If your condition does not respond to conservative therapies, we can consider additional treatment options that may include minimally invasive procedures or surgery.

The experts at Summit Orthopedics offer conservative approaches such as:

  • Therapy
  • Injections
  • Exercise
  • Activity modification
  • Bracing, splints, or other supports

When does surgery make sense?

  • For your safety: Certain medical situations simply require surgery as the most responsible approach to care, and when not doing surgery puts you at higher risk. If your condition and your safety make surgery the best option, we will be frank and straightforward with you, and explain why your specific situation is best handled with surgery.
  • When conservative measures are no longer effective: There may come a point where a condition, such as arthritis, advances to a stage where it no longer responds to conservative treatment the way it used to, and surgery is the best next step.