Seven ways to relieve spondylitis pain
Spondylitis is a degenerative condition that causes inflammation in the vertebrae and facet joints of the spine. Its exact cause is unknown, though genetics is thought to play a role. In severe cases, it can lead to swelling and misalignment of the spine. If spondylitis is left untreated, portions of the spine can fuse together, severely restricting an individual’s ability to bend and twist and limiting the treatment options.
Symptoms of spondylitis can include stiffness in the neck and back, unnatural curvature of the spine, limited range of motion, chronic pain when sitting, standing or walking and an inability to twist without experiencing pain. Spondylitis patients almost always experience stiffness and pain in the sacroiliac joints, which connect the hip bones and the sacral spine.
Managing spondylitis pain
While there is no known cure for spondylitis, there are treatments available that can help individuals experiencing painful symptoms related to this condition reduce their symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life. Some common options include:
- Stretching and exercise
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Epidural steroid injections
- Electrical stimulation for muscles (TENS)
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Physical therapy
Additionally, you may be able to slow the development of this condition by adjusting your day-to-day lifestyle to promote better overall spine health. This may require you to modify your diet, lose excess weight, adopt better posture, eliminate tobacco use and avoid high-impact activities. As always, be sure to consult with your physician before attempting any type of spondylitis treatment.
While Laser Spine Institute does not directly treat spondylitis, you can contact our dedicated team to learn more about the full range of treatment options available for neck or back pain.