Non Operative Orthopedics

Upper Extremity Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in La Jolla, CA & Chula Vista, CA

In many cases, you don’t need surgery to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions that affect your shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, and hands. Kristopher Downing, MD, & Dr. James Andry, MD at Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Medical Group in La Jolla and Chula Vista, California, provides a comprehensive range of nonoperative orthopedic therapies to heal and repair your body. Call Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Medical Group today or schedule a consultation online for expert, nonoperative orthopedic care.

Non Operative Orthopedics Q & A

What are nonoperative orthopedics?

If you have an orthopedic injury or condition, the doctors at Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Medical Group try to use nonoperative orthopedics to heal your body and prevent the need for surgery. Nonoperative procedures are often effective treatments for a wide range of concerns, including:

  •       Arthritis
  •       Tendonitis
  •       Bursitis
  •       Inflammation
  •       Some types of fractures

Nonoperative procedures often facilitate the healing process, reduce your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities. Some treatments, like physical therapy, can also help you develop the strength and flexibility needed to reduce your risk of future injury. 

What are the available types of nonoperative orthopedics?

At Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Medical Group, the team offers a wide range of nonoperative orthopedics. They create customized treatment plans that often combine therapies to optimize your recovery.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a critical part of many treatment plans. Guided exercises, stretches, massage, and “homework” help you rebuild strength, flexibility, and balance. It prevents muscle wasting or loss of strength or flexibility while you recover, and it reduces your risk of future injuries. . 

Reparative medicine

Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Medical Group also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and lipoaspirate therapy—reparative medicine therapies that provide your body with what may be needed for tissue repair. 


Medication, taken through injections and orally, are often incorporated into orthopedic treatment plans. Anti-inflammatory medicines reduce swelling and pain, which can help you feel less pain so you can focus your energy on other treatments like physical therapy. 

How do I know what type of nonoperative orthopedics is right for me?

The Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Medical Group team provides comprehensive consultation and exams before recommending any nonoperative orthopedic treatments or surgeries. They offer a highly patient-focused service designed to alleviate pain, support recovery, and restore your quality of life. 

Call Upper Extremity Specialists of Ortho 1 Specialists Medical Group or make an appointment online today for expert, customized nonoperative orthopedic care.