Common treatments for spondylosis
Spondylosis describes the natural degenerative changes the spine undergoes as a result of the natural aging process. Many experience painful symptoms because of these changes, such as pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and stiffness. If you have recently been diagnosed with spondylosis and are wondering if your symptoms are something you’ll just have to get used to, you may be glad to hear that this isn’t the case. There are many conservative and surgical spondylosis treatment options available to help to manage your symptoms and maintain your quality of life.
Conservative options for spondylosis treatment
For many, spondylosis treatment begins with a regimen of conservative methods. Some patients find that these treatments are sufficient in managing their pain. If you are seeking spondylosis treatment, your physician may recommend a combination of any of the following:
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medication. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Alternating use of heating pads and ice packs. The ice numbs the pain while heat relaxes and soothes tense muscles.
- Physical therapy. A physical therapist can help you stretch and strengthen the core muscles around your spine to provide support and reduce strain.
- Corticosteroid injections. These injections can temporarily numb a compressed nerve root, providing pain relief.
- Lifestyle changes. If you are overweight or use tobacco products, your physician may suggest you make lifestyle changes as part of your spondylosis treatment.
Surgery for spondylosis treatment
While many people find conservative treatment effective in managing their spondylosis symptoms, others may require surgery. Physicians may be quick to suggest a traditional open spine procedure, but there is a safer and effective alternative — the minimally invasive outpatient surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute.^ Contact us today for information on the advantages our procedures have over open spine surgery.^ You can also request a free MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for surgery.