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Treatment Plans

After a comprehensive evaluation of the disorder, the orthopedist will make recommendations for a treatment plan, based on some of the following criteria:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history

  • extent of the disease, injury, or condition

  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • expectations for the course of the disease, injury, or condition

  • your opinion or preference

For most orthopedic disorders and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment that may be appropriate. Thus, many treatment plans involve a combination or progression of some of the following:

  • rest

  • medical counseling

  • medication

  • immobilization

  • physical therapy

  • occupational therapy

  • rehabilitative therapy

  • exercise

  • activity modifications

  • casts and splints

  • crutches, canes and walkers

  • braces and orthotics

  • procedures, such as arthroscopy

  • surgery, such as joint replacement and transplants

Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding treatment plans for many orthopedic conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview.


Joint Replacement

Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses For Pain

Exercise: The Right Program and the Right Preparation

Exercise and the Aging Person

Treatment Plans - WellSpan Health

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