Lumbar spine arthritis is a common cause of lower back pain, especially in older patients. This condition is the degeneration and inflammation of one or more joints of the spine in the lower back, or the lumbar spine. While generally considered a natural byproduct of aging, the pain and stiffness of spine arthritis can greatly limit the ability to lead an active lifestyle. Those with this condition often search for the most advanced and effective treatments available.
Symptoms of lumbar spine arthritis include stiffness or pain in the lower back as well as inflammation and swelling of the joints. Some people also experience pain that radiates throughout the buttocks, thighs and pelvic area. Oftentimes, spine arthritis symptoms are most pronounced after long periods of inactivity or after prolonged strenuous activities. If you have been diagnosed with spinal arthritis, your physician could recommend that you avoid certain activities that can place added stress on the lumbar spine. Participation in high-impact sports, frequent bending and lifting or any activity that requires extensive twisting around the spine, such as playing golf, might need to be avoided. If you are required to perform such activities, wearing a supportive brace could be suggested.
There is no cure for arthritis. However, there are several effective symptomatic treatments of the condition. Some of these treatment options include weight loss, exercise, chiropractic therapy and massage. Cases of severe arthritis can require spinal injections, prescription medications or physical therapy. If conservative treatments such as these methods fail to provide relief of symptoms, surgery could be suggested.
If conservative measures have failed to provide satisfactory symptom reduction from lumbar spine arthritis, you might consider back surgery. A variety of surgical treatments exist, including minimally invasive procedures that provide exceptional results and lack many of the undesirable aspects of traditional open-back surgery. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery time for these procedures is substantially reduced compared to open spine surgery. If you are considering surgery and would like more information about how Laser Spine Institute can help you find relief from back pain, contact us today.