Alternative treatments for arthritis of the spine
Arthritis of the spine treatment can be attempted in many different ways depending on the exact type of arthritis you have, your overall health, the severity of your symptoms and other factors. By working closely with your doctor, you’ll be able to identify the exact treatment or treatments that give you the best chance of managing the symptoms of your spinal arthritis. With the right approach, many patients find that they are able to improve or maintain their spinal flexibility, reduce pain and engage in normal activities.
In all but the most severe cases, conservative treatment is typically the initial approach to finding relief from spinal arthritis. These techniques are nonsurgical and seek to strengthen the neck or back, improve range of motion and reduce painful symptoms. Some examples of common conservative treatment methods include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, hot/cold compresses, low-impact exercises and more. There can be some trial and error involved though, and many patients will attempt alternative treatments like the following to find relief if initial treatments aren’t effective.
Ask your doctor about these three alternative treatments
Alternative medicine is generally defined as therapy lying outside of mainstream medicine. While there is less supporting evidence for the effectiveness of alternative methods compared to conventional arthritis of the spine treatment, some patients do report finding relief from this type of therapy. Here are three that some people with spinal arthritis have turned to:
- Acupuncture. This practice of inserting thin needles into the skin at specific locations around the body is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Modern practitioners believe it may be effective by stimulating blood flow and releasing endorphins, which are natural painkilling hormones.
- Yoga. This system of breathing techniques, movements and poses is designed to stretch and strengthen the body while encouraging mindfulness and a sense of body awareness. A restorative yoga routine can be customized for patients suffering from pain and limited mobility.
- Herbal remedies. Many naturally occurring herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve patients dealing with spinal arthritis. These include turmeric, rosemary, cloves and ginger.
When pursuing alternative treatments of any kind it is important to seek out licensed, professional practitioners who you trust while staying in close partnership with your primary care doctor.
Considering surgery for spinal arthritis
There are usually many different surgical options available to patients who have not found sufficient relief from conservative means. At Laser Spine Institute we perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that is an alternative to traditional open spine procedures. Since 2005 we have helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from spinal arthritis and other conditions.
If you are recommended for surgery to treat spinal arthritis symptoms, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our caring and dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.