If joint symptoms are not yet too severe or if the conditions involved do not require surgical intervention, we initially use conservative or non-surgical approaches.
Following a careful diagnosis, we decide which treatments will be used in each individual case and draw up a personalised treatment plan that coordinates the various treatments involved. However, in some cases, conservative options are not suitable, either because of the patient's individual circumstances or because their condition has worsened.
Conservative treatment refers to the use of medications and physiotherapy. The mobility of joints can be maintained and in some cases improved with physiotherapy. Targeted exercises strengthen the muscles, providing power. This always requires the patient to carry out their own exercises following a customised treatment plan, too. Physiotherapy is especially useful before and after an operation.
Good treatment successes can also be achieved with physical therapies such as massage, electrotherapy or the application of heat and cold. Prescribed supports such as cushions, inlays or bandages can also alleviate and support the joints, helping to lessen symptoms.
Medications help to treat the inflammation and swelling of tissues. They can also relieve pain. In some cases, the injection of medications into or around the joint can help to reduce inflammation and stop pain. We carry out such procedures under local anaesthetics.