Spondylosis relief through weight management

Weight Loss for Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a condition that is most commonly caused by simple aging, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to work against it. In fact, one significant risk factor in addition to family history is obesity, so losing any excess pounds you’re carrying and maintaining a lower body weight can help reduce your risk for spondylosis and even minimize current symptoms. To learn about various methods that can help you manage your weight gain as well as the treatments available for spondylosis relief, read the following article.

Weight loss tips

While you should always check with your doctor before starting any weight management program, the best weight loss routines include three main factors:

  • Exercise. Cardiovascular exercise can help accelerate weight loss. Strength training will help build strong bones and maintain weight loss by increasing the number of calories burned daily, even while the body is at rest.
  • Healthy diet. Give your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong and maintain healthy cartilage and bone structures. Without a healthy diet, your body is less able to resist normal wear, which is the basis for most cases of spondylosis.
  • Stretching. While it might not specifically help to lose weight, stretching should be a part of any exercise routine because it helps you avoid injury. It can also reduce pressure on the spine which can be helpful when combating spondylosis symptoms.

Conservative treatments for spondylosis

In addition to weight management, there are a number of conservative treatments you can choose from to ease your symptoms. The specific ones you use should be based on your condition and can be pinpointed by your doctor, but common treatments include:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Braces
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections

If you do not find adequate relief after several weeks or months of these treatments, then you may require surgical intervention. For more information on spondylosis, including the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. We have performed more than 100,000 patient procedures since 2005 and we are confident that we can help you on the road to recovery.

To treat spondylosis, our board-certified+ surgeons can perform a variety of minimally invasive decompression procedures, such as a foraminotomy, discectomy or laminotomy, using a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing. Therefore, our patients experience a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ We offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.