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Non-Surgical Orthopaedic Services at UPMC in Central Pa.

Don’t let pain or injury hold you back. Start your road to recovery at UPMC in Central Pa.

The specialists at UPMC in Central Pa. can diagnose and treat injuries or medical conditions that are affecting your ability to exercise, participate in sports or maintain an active lifestyle.

Our experts treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions as well as concussion. Should you need surgery, we will refer you to the appropriate specialist.

Treatment may include referrals to one of our sports medicine or spine care providers or to the following services:

  • Alternative treatments. When used on their own or in combination with traditional medicine, alternative treatments such as acupuncture or biofeedback can be effective in relieving pain or increasing mobility.
  • Occupational therapy. When needed, we offer access to a wide range of programs and specialized clinics to help you learn or relearn daily activities.
  • Orthotics. Specialized braces or shoe inserts—custom-fitted just for you—are used to realign your gait and address orthopaedic conditions of the lower extremities.
  • Pain management. UPMC Pain Medicine and UPMC Chronic Pain Management Program offer treatment for both acute and chronic pain issues. Our pain specialists will work with you to develop an individual treatment plan that may include lifestyle changes, medications, epidural steroid injections, joint injections, spinal cord stimulation, facet and nerve root injections, facet joint blocks, radiofrequency lesioning of painful nerves, and sympathetic blocks.
  • Physical therapy. We offer access to a wide range of rehabilitative services to help relieve pain and promote healing. These may include physical therapy and exercises that will strengthen or increase the mobility of the muscles, ligaments and tissues around the area of the injury or condition. Specialized aquatic therapy may also be appropriate.
  • UPMC Chronic Pain Management Program offers pain relief for those suffering from chronic back or spine pain that cannot be treated with conventional therapies. This multidisciplinary team is trained in the treatment of chronic pain conditions and includes experts in psychology, physical therapy, vocational counseling and biofeedback.
  • Rehabilitation Management (Physiatry). Physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians) are medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty areas of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Their goal is to reduce pain and increase function through a variety of nonsurgical methods, including medications, trigger point injections, physical therapy, movement and activity modification, adaptive equipment and assistive devices, and orthotics (braces).

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