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6 Essential Steps Before Considering Surgery for Sports-related Injury

As an acupuncturist, I’ve witnessed how common sports injuries really are among athletes, whether professional or amateur. The physical demands put on the body often lead people to contemplate surgery because it’s seen as a cure-all solution. However, that isn’t always the truth. That’s why it is crucial to explore non-invasive options first before considering surgical intervention. In this essay, I will outline six essential steps you should consider before deciding on surgery. 

6 Steps Before Settling on Surgery 

  1. Get an Accurate Assessment and Diagnosis

The first step before considering surgery is to get an accurate assessment and diagnosis of the sports injury. Call a qualified medical professional, like a sports medicine physician or orthopedic specialist, and go to their office for a consultation. They’ll use diagnostic tools like X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to determine the injury’s severity. An accurate diagnosis will guide treatment decisions and also help you make an informed decision on your healthcare. So, don’t miss out on this crucial step!

  1. Take a Look at Non-Invasive Treatment Options

Before recommending surgery, I always encourage people to explore non-invasive treatment options for their sports injuries. One non-invasive option is acupuncture, but we’ll talk about that more below. The truth is, non-invasive approaches often lead to successful outcomes, without the need for painful surgery. Other options include physical therapy, rest, herbal medicine, and the use of supportive devices like braces, crutches, bandages, or splints. Physical therapy is especially good at promoting natural healing, managing pain, reducing inflammation, improving mobility, therefore leading to overall success.  You should give this type of a treatment a trial period. That way you can assess the effectiveness before considering surgery.

  1. Get a Second Opinion

I firmly believe in the value of seeking a second opinion before moving forward with surgery. Getting a second opinion requires you to find another qualified medical professional, preferably one that specializes in sports injuries, and ask them for more treatment recommendations. This will help ensure that surgery is the most appropriate option for you. Plus, it helps you explore additional treatment options, if there are any. 

  1. Put an Emphasis on Rehabilitation and Physical Conditioning

Looking into rehabilitation is very important before opting for surgery. That’s because a full rehab program can enhance your overall recovery and potentially eliminate the need for surgery. The reason is, rehab improves flexibility, strength, stability, and mobility while, at the same time, addressing underlying postural  issues that have contributed to the injury. Patients who opt for rehab have a high likelihood of regaining function, reducing pain, and going back to their normal activities and moving patterns. 

  1. Consider the Long-Term Implications

When considering sports injury treatment, it’s important  to take a look at the long-term implications of surgical intervention. Surgery should never be taken lightly because it could impact quality of life and future athletic participation. That’s because surgery involves risks such as infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and other potential complications during or after the procedure. In addition, the recovery period following surgery can be lengthy and demanding. It may disrupt your daily routine for a long period of time. It may require you to take a long period off of work. Plus, there are other long-term complications, like scar tissue formation, reduced range of motion, and issues with posture. 

  1. Try Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center

I want to highlight the significant advantages that Acupuncture Pain and Stress can offer in comparison to surgical intervention. That’s why I’ve saved the best for last. Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center offers world class diagnosis coupled with acupuncture plus cutting-edge hands on treatment to quickly ease your pain. It is not enough just to be out of pain, you need to get to the place where everything is doing its job without conscious control. So, I will also progress you through different exercises that will allow you to get back to thoughtless, fearless, movement. 

At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center I take a different approach to treating your injuries. I want to put a stop to the pain once and for all. I have come up with unique approach 

1. Discussion

We investigate the cause of your problem and explain it in simple terms.

2. Assessment

This will reveal the underlying dysfunction(s) and show why you are suffering from your pain. 

3. Treatment

We ease your symptoms quickly using acupuncture and other hands-on techniques that quickly relieve your pain and improve function.

4. Rehab

We give you simple movements that you easily can fit into your busy day to improve, recover and give lasting relief. 

5. Freedom

Treatments continue as needed paired with a graduated movement strategy to help you build your confidence in your body again so you can quickly get back to thoughtless, fearless, movement. Through this phase of treatment I can add to the rehabilitation by focusing on specific things like working on speed, agility, flexibility or strength.


In conclusion, when faced with a sports injury, it’s important to consider non-surgical options before jumping to surgery. Being fully informed puts you in the best space to make the best decision for your health. The best bet is to get an accurate assessment and diagnosis, explore non-invasive treatments, seek a second opinion, prioritize rehabilitation, and evaluate the long-term implications so that you can take control of your healthcare journey.

Surgery should always be the last resort. By exploring non-surgical options like acupuncture, rehabilitation, physical conditioning, and other non-invasive options,  you can increase your chances of a successful recovery while minimizing the risks associated with surgery. I’m here to support you on your journey to optimal health, and together, we can find the best approach for your sports injury.