Seeking arthritis of the spine treatment

Arthritis of the spine treatment may be required for pain and other symptoms that occur when the cartilage that lines the spinal joints begins to break down and wear away. This can allow the bones in an affected joint to rub together, creating excess friction that can lead to a loss of motion, joint stiffness, inflammation and mild to severe back pain.

This describes the most common form of spinal arthritis, spinal osteoarthritis, a condition often caused by age-related spinal degeneration combined with wear from years of repetitive movements. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, treatment usually begins with a course of conservative treatment options, with surgery generally considered as a last-resort treatment.

Nonsurgical treatments for spinal arthritis

Many patients are able to find sufficient symptom relief with traditional arthritis of the spine treatment approaches, such as:

  • A brief period of rest, which should last no more than two to three days
  • Avoidance of positions and movements that cause or worsen symptoms
  • Applications of hot and/or cold compresses as needed
  • Medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretches and low-impact exercises

Some patients also attempt complementary and alternative therapies, such as massage, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture and biofeedback. Additionally, certain nutritional supplements, including glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, can be helpful for treating the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis.

Overall, no single treatment is appropriate or effective for every patient. The best approach usually involves a unique combination of several therapies. Most often, this combination is discovered through a process of trial and error that is closely guided by a qualified medical professional, such as your primary care doctor.

Overview of arthritis of the spine surgery

In some cases, those dealing with arthritis of the spine are unable to manage their symptoms effectively with nonsurgical options. In general, if the pain persists or worsens through several weeks or months of conservative treatment, a surgical procedure may be considered. Even if surgery is required, though, it does not necessarily mean that a patient must have a highly invasive traditional open spine procedure.

At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery as treatment for arthritis of the spine that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures.^

If you’d like to find out if you’re a potential candidate for one of our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants today for a no-cost MRI review.*