What to do when your surgery is postponed

April 13, 2020

To save resources for severely ill COVID-19 patients, many non-urgent surgeries are being postponed. While an orthopaedic condition may be painful, it is usually not life-threatening and surgery can be safely postponed. View these simple tricks that can help alleviate your pain.

Nonsurgical treatments for orthopaedic conditions


  • Avoid activities that cause pain
  • Apply ice or heat to the affected joint
  • Use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory

Sports Injuries

  • Take anti-inflammatory medication
  • Use a knee support or knee brace
  • Avoid activities that involve pivoting, jumping or rapidly changing direction

Spine Problems

  • Avoid activities such as bending or lifting
  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants

Carpal Tunnel

  • Wear a wrist splint at night
  • Take anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ask your doctor about a cortiscosteroid injection for pain relief