Both surgery and cortisone shots are not only expensive but show statistically less effective outcomes or longer-lasting negative effects if not correctly administered. Cortisone shots can relieve inflammation and pain in specific areas of the body. Unfortunately, the effects of cortisone shots are short term and the potential side effects increase with larger doses and repeated use. Some of the side effects can include cartilage damage, death of a nearby bone, joint infection, nerve damage, and so many more issues that could be avoided with a non-invasive treatment.
While in many cases, surgery is considered necessary, and the procedures are often effective, the additional pain and increased stress associated with surgery prolong the healing process. Additionally, most surgeries will require some physical therapy as part of the recovery process. If you take the steps to go through surgery instead of first attempting a muscle-based recovery you would have to face anesthesia recovery, risk of infection, taking time off from work, and you would most likely end up doing physical therapy while recovering anyways. Surgery can cause strain on your physical and mental health leading up to the procedure. Luckily, many of these issues can be avoided with the help of muscle recovery from physical therapy.