Ankylosing spondylitis treatment options to relieve the pain and stiffness of the condition

By Michael Perry, M.D.

Spondylitis is a rare spine condition that can cause severe stiffness and pain in the neck or back. If you have noticed a gradual or sudden onset of these symptoms, and they do not go away with rest and at-home therapies, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine if you have spondylitis.

Your doctor will perform a physical evaluation and order an MRI test or CT scan to examine your spine. If you are diagnosed with spondylitis, the next step for you is to find a treatment option that helps alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with your spine condition. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for spondylitis. However, several spondylitis treatment options can make living with this condition more manageable.

Consult your physician about the spondylitis treatment options available to you and the best route to take to find pain relief. Your physician can help you decide which treatment option will fit your needs and your lifestyle. It is important that you schedule appointments with your physician regularly to check the progress of your condition and to report any pain or discomfort you experience during or immediately after your spondylitis treatment. If continual pain and discomfort occur, your physician can help you find an alternative treatment.

Brief overview of spondylitis

Spondylitis is a medical term used to describe several spine conditions that cause the swelling and inflammation of vertebrae and joints in the spine. Spondylitis is relatively uncommon spine condition, usually caused by genetics. While there are other risk factors for developing spondylitis, genetics seem to play the highest role in why certain individuals have this condition, which makes curing spondylitis impossible since no one can change their genetic makeup.

In severe cases of spondylitis, a patient may lose mobility or spinal movement because the vertebrae of the spine have fused together. Other severe cases of spondylitis may result in deformity and unnatural curvature of the spine. Consult your physician for spondylitis treatment options to help prevent or delay these symptoms.

Spondylitis treatment

Since there is no cure for spondylitis, each treatment option is aimed at relieving the symptoms associated with spondylitis, such as limited mobility and pain. It is generally recommend that you begin your spondylitis treatment with conservative treatment options. Here are some great conservative options to help you find relief for your spondylitis:

  • Prescription medication
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Exercises for spondylitis
  • Stretches and yoga
  • Lifestyle adjustments, such as weight loss

There are additional conservative spondylitis treatment options that your physician may discuss with you. Conservative treatments can usually be combined to increase your positive results. Work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that helps you find pain relief and increased mobility in your spine.

If you are not finding relief from conservative treatments, you should consider a surgical treatment option to help relieve the pain associated with spondylitis. There are certain open back surgeries that may help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Laser Spine Institute does not provide surgical treatment for spondylitis, but our team can help you find an alternative treatment option that is right for you.