Lumbar spine arthritis is a major cause of lower back pain, especially in older patients. This condition is essentially degeneration and inflammation of one or more joints of the lower back, which is the lumbar spine. While generally considered a natural product 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 spinal 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 doctor may recommend you avoid certain activities which may place added stress on the lumbar spine. A supportive brace may be suggested if you are required to perform such activities.
There is no cure for arthritis; however, there are several effective symptomatic treatments of the disease. Some of these options include weight loss, exercise, chiropractic therapy, and massage. Cases of severe arthritis can require spinal injections, prescription medications, or physical therapy. If conservative treatment methods fail to provide relief of symptoms, surgery may be suggested.
If conservative measures have failed to provide satisfactory symptom reduction, you may consider back surgery. A variety of surgical treatments exist , including minimally invasive procedures that provide exceptional results, but lack the undesirable aspects of traditional open back surgery. Laser Spine Institute (LSI) offers minimally invasive endoscopic procedures that can be performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery time, pain and expense are substantially reduced. If you are considering surgery and would like more information about how LSI may help you, contact us today.