Many spine arthritis treatments are available to relieve symptoms of spinal arthritis effectively; however, there is no cure for any form of arthritis. The goal of a spinal arthritis treatment is to slow the progression of the disease, decrease the discomfort, maximize joint function and preserve or improve mobility and range of motion. In prescribing treatment for your spinal arthritis, your physician should first assess the severity of your condition, as well as consider your age and overall health before designing a treatment plan that is right for you.
Most symptoms of spinal arthritis are treated using a combination of conservative methods like exercise, rest, massage, ice and heat applications or even weight loss. Your physician may recommend medications for spine arthritis including over-the-counter and/or prescription medications, depending on the severity of the symptoms. More advanced cases of spinal arthritis may require physical therapy, chiropractic treatment or spinal injections to alleviate pain and restore mobility. If non-surgical treatments for spine arthritis fail to relieve symptoms, your physician may recommend surgery, although this is almost always considered a treatment of last resort.
If your physician suggests surgery as a treatment option, explore all the procedures available to you, thus enabling you to make a wise decision about your health. For example, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine arthritis treatments that are performed through a small incision. This allows you to recover and return to your normal activities far quicker than with traditional open back surgery. For more perspective, look at our testimonials page to find out how our innovative procedures have already greatly assisted thousands of patients around the world. If you would like more information about our minimally invasive surgical spine treatments, contact us.