Natural remedies for spondylitis treatment
If you have been diagnosed with spondylitis, an inflammatory disease affecting the joints in the spine, you may have some concerns about your treatment plan. In addition to wondering if surgery will be required to help you find lasting relief, many patients have some reservations about becoming overly dependent on prescription medications.
Surgery is often not required and while both over-the-counter and prescription medication can be an important part of an effective treatment plan, it should be a small part of the overall picture. There are many natural treatments that can help with both short-term symptom relief and the longer-term health of your spine. As you partner with your doctor to find the right combination of methods that works for you, the following information can help you be more engaged and confident with this process.
Natural spondylitis treatment options
The term natural treatment is a fairly broad term that can include anything from herbal remedies to hands-on therapies like massage. When exploring these options as part of a spondylitis treatment program, you should still consult with your doctor to make sure anything you attempt is compatible with your existing treatment. He or she may also be able to refer you to a trusted provider, such as a massage therapist or herbalist.
Here are some natural treatments for spondylitis you can ask your doctor about:
- Eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods such as salmon and walnuts while avoiding potential inflammatory foods that are high in sugar, sodium and trans fat
- Taking a restorative yoga class to help stretch and strengthen your spine
- Using hot and cold therapy such as taking a warm bath or using a cold compress
- Seeing a massage therapist for a series of therapeutic massage
- Exploring herbal remedies such as turmeric or boswellia for their pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties
Considering surgery for spondylitis treatment
Your general practitioner or specialist may recommend surgery for spondylitis in cases where pain persists despite exhausting conservative treatments and natural remedies, or if this condition is threatening the stability of the spine.
While Laser Spine Institute does not provide minimally invasive spine surgery for the treatment of spondylitis, we are committed to helping patients find relief from neck or back pain. We offer a library of resources on the different forms of spondylitis and our team can help you learn more about treatment options for this condition.