Treatment for arthritis of the spine
Arthritis of the spine can be caused by many conditions, though the two most common reasons for spinal arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (arthritis in the bone or joints). Both types of arthritis produce the same symptoms when developed in the facet joints of the spine: pain, inflammation and limited mobility.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition and may require certain forms of medication or treatment to reduce the pain and symptoms. You should consult your physician if you notice continually increasing stiffness, swelling and pain in your spine.
If you find that your symptoms are caused by osteoarthritis forming in your facet joints, you should research some of the common conservative and surgical treatments available to treat this condition.
Conservative treatment for spinal arthritis
Spinal arthritis commonly occurs in conjunction with degenerative spine conditions. Over several years, the spine undergoes stress from weight gain and repetitive motions, causing the vertebrae of the spine to place pressure on the facet joints that allow the vertebrae to bend and move. As these facet joints begin to wear under the pressure, osteoarthritis can form in the joints and cause inflammation and bone spurs.
When the bone spurs pinch a nerve root in the spinal canal and cause symptoms, many physicians will recommend a regimen of conservative treatments to reduce the pain and help you get back to your daily lifestyle. The purpose of conservative treatments is to reduce the pressure on the nerve root and the spine by strengthening and lengthening the spine without surgery.
The most common types of conservative treatment include:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Yoga and stretches
- Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and exercise
In addition to these physical treatment options, you can also take pain medication and monthly epidural injections to help reduce your pain and symptoms. You should always consult your physician before beginning or altering any treatment regimen.
Spinal arthritis treatment at Laser Spine Institute
You don’t have to live with the pain of spinal arthritis. We understand you may be frustrated that conservative treatments are not offering pain relief, but there are other treatments available to you that can reach the source of your pain.
Laser Spine Institute offers advanced, minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures that can relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis in the spine. Our minimally invasive surgery is performed with no necessary hospitalization and no lengthy recuperation time,^ so patients can return to a normal, active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
We have several minimally invasive decompression surgeries that can help treat arthritis that has developed in the facet joints of the spine. Take a moment to read about each of the procedures for spinal arthritis:
Our streamlined patient experience
We understand that living with chronic pain has kept you from living the life you want, and we want to get you back to your daily activities as quickly and safely as possible. That is why we offer a streamlined patient experience to help you find pain relief in a comfortable, convenient setting.
You will receive all the treatment you need, such as preoperative testing, surgery and postoperative consultation. Read a few of our previous patient testimonials and see how they took their lives back from chronic pain with our streamlined patient experience.
As you continue to research arthritis of the spine and the treatment options available to you, we encourage you to take a look at our arthritis of the spine FAQ page where our expert spine surgeons answer questions about this condition and the treatments available.
For more information about Laser Spine Institute and our minimally invasive treatments for spinal arthritis, please contact us today.