When is surgery the best option for degenerative joint disease?

If you are experiencing mechanical back pain associated with bending, lifting or twisting after performing everyday activities, then you may be suffering from degenerative joint disease. Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) is a condition that causes the gradual deterioration of the cartilage in the joints that connect the vertebrae and allow them to bend and extend freely.

As a result, friction can develop from the bones grinding against each other, leading to localized pain, reduced mobility and the development of spinal bone spurs due to pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Based on the severity of your condition, your doctor may either recommend for you to attempt the conservative options described below or to undergo degenerative joint disease surgery to relieve your condition.

Nonsurgical alternatives to degenerative joint disease surgery

After receiving a degenerative joint disease diagnosis, your doctor may recommend the following conservative options to relieve your condition:

  • Pain medication
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat massage
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Cortisone injections

However, if your symptoms do not improve after several weeks or months of treatment, then degenerative joint disease surgery may become the best option to alleviate your symptoms.

Laser Spine Institute’s degenerative joint disease surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons perform our degenerative joint disease surgery using a small incision that is muscle sparing through a variety of minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that provide patients with lasting relief from their symptoms. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery as well as a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period.^ Contact us today so we can help you on your journey to wellness.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. If you have been suffering from degenerative joint disease surgery and are ready to take the step toward finally recapturing your life from this debilitating condition, reach out to your dedicated team and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you determine if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures.