Five nonsurgical treatment options for spondylitis

There are a number of nonsurgical methods of spondylitis treatment for those suffering from this painful condition. However, because spondylitis affects each person differently, it’s difficult to say which treatment is the best or most effective. If you are experiencing symptoms of spondylitis, the best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with a physician who can assess your condition and determine which methods of treatment will best relieve your pain.

What is spondylitis?

Spondylitis is the umbrella term that is used to describe several arthritic conditions that affect the facet joints and the vertebrae in the spine, in addition to other areas of the body. People with spondylitis can experience mild to debilitating pain in addition to other symptoms including fatigue, stiffness in the neck or back, limited range of motion and swelling within the facet joints. People with severe spondylitis may even develop fused vertebrae, making mobility a challenge.

Nonsurgical spondylitis treatment

While spondylitis can make it difficult for affected individuals to perform even the most common daily chores, many are able to effectively manage their pain without having to undergo surgery. Only a physician familiar with your condition will be able to prescribe an appropriate course of spondylitis treatment to address the challenges of your unique case. That being said, your treatment regimen may include:

  1. Prescription or over-the-counter medication
  2. Alternating hot and cold compresses
  3. Gentle stretching
  4. Low-impact exercises
  5. Lifestyle adjustments such as weight loss, when necessary

Although Laser Spine Institute does not provide treatment for spondylitis, our team can help you find appropriate treatment options, either conservative or surgical, to help relieve some of the pain associated with this condition. To speak to a member of our team about which forms of spondylitis treatment might be right for you, contact Laser Spine Institute today.