If you suffer from continued tendon, muscle, or joint pain you have probably considered orthopedic surgery at one time or another. More than 28 million Americans develop some type of musculoskeletal problem each year. These issues include sports injuries such as sprains, but also strains, and overuse injuries. Perhaps you have knee pain on a daily basis or an old injury that just doesn’t seem to be healing? These are all common reasons to visit an orthopedic surgeon near you. But does it actually mean you need surgery?