Weight Loss for Spondylosis Relief

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 extra pounds you’re carrying and maintaining a lower body weight can help reduce your risk for spondylosis and even minimize current symptoms.

Weight loss tips

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

  • Exercise – Cardiovascular exercise can help accelerate weight loss. Strength training will help build strong bones and maintain weight loss by increasing the amount 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 and tear, 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 loss, there are a number of conservative treatments you can choose from to alleviate symptoms. The specific ones you use should be based on your particular condition and can be pinpointed by your physician, but common treatments include:

  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Braces
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections

For more information on spondylosis, including treatments such as the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan to determine your candidacy for one of our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures.