Treatment options for arthritis of the spine
Arthritis of the spine is a condition that many people deal with, especially as they get older. Typically, spinal arthritis develops as a result of another condition, most commonly osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis describes the breakdown of cartilage, which protects the ends of your bones. When this happens in the spine, the facet joints — the joints that flank the vertebrae — become exposed, allowing the bones in your spine to grind against each other. This can lead to inflammation in the joints as well as pain, stiffness, difficulty moving, muscle spasms, burning and grating sensations and other uncomfortable symptoms.
How is arthritis of the spine treated?
If you are experiencing symptoms of spinal arthritis, the first step to take is making an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she will be able to provide a diagnosis and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. Though treatment will vary from one person to the next, most doctors will encourage you to begin with conservative methods. Typically, a conservative treatment plan includes a combination of several methods, such as:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Light stretching and exercise
- Applying heat and ice
- Pain creams and gels
- Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight
Is arthritis of the spine ever treated with surgery?
Many people are able to find adequate relief and regain their quality of life by treating their spinal arthritis conservatively. However, there are cases in which surgery becomes necessary. If you are dealing with chronic arthritis pain and have found nonsurgical treatment to be unsuccessful, turn to Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive outpatient procedures that can relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis in the spine. Our minimally invasive surgeries are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, and they require no lengthy recovery, so patients can return to a normal, active lifestyle as quickly as possible.^
We offer several different minimally invasive procedures to address the specific conditions and symptoms caused by arthritis, including Discectomy, Laminotomy and Foraminotomy. For arthritis of the facet joints, we utilize a laser procedure called Facet Thermal Ablation.
Our streamlined patient experience
With the advancements made in modern medicine, Laser Spine Institute is able to offer a streamlined patient experience for individuals with arthritis of the spine. We also take great pride in staffing physicians, surgeons and support staff who truly believe in providing excellent service for their patients. We recommend you take a few moments to check out our renowned staff of spine surgeons and read our patient testimonials so that you can see this for yourself.
You can find more information regarding arthritis of the spine and treatment options on our FAQ page. If you are interested in minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute, please contact us. We can provide a free MRI review* to help determine if you may be a candidate for our procedures.