Arthritis treatments vary widely; Hank Aaron, others go less invasive

USA Today—May 14, 2010

Though many patients decide surgery is the way to go, some, such as baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, 76, seek a less invasive route for relief. Aaron says he saw numerous doctors and tried a variety of medications before injections reduced his knee pain.

Surgery is the last resort, says Mathias Bostrom, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

"The general consensus is that you avoid surgery as much as you can until it's as far gone as it can be," Bostrom says.

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