Spondylosis treatment and recovery
Your spondylosis treatment and recovery will likely focus on addressing the pain or discomfort associated with your condition, as spondylosis – the age-related degeneration of the spine – has no cure and cannot be reversed. Your treatment plan may also involve improving your overall spine health, as a healthy spine is the most important factor in slowing spinal degeneration. Your physician should be able to recommend a number of treatments and techniques that can alleviate your pain and make your spondylosis symptoms more manageable.
To reduce the pain resulting from your spondylosis, your physician may recommend one of the following methods:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, like acetaminophen
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like ibuprofen
- Prescription pain relievers for severe pain
- Epidural steroid injections for severe inflammation and pain
Additionally, your physician may suggest a number of lifestyle change, like:
- Losing weight if you’re overweight
- Quitting smoking
- Building core strength so your muscles will better support your spine
- Changing your sleep position
- Avoiding high-impact sports and other strenuous activities
If you’re diagnosed with spondylosis, the recovery process you go through will depend largely on how severe your symptoms are. Many spondylosis patients find that a regimen of conservative (nonsurgical) treatments and lifestyle changes improve their symptoms enough that they can return to their normal routines and live relatively pain free. Some people may require no more than a daily regimen of ibuprofen, while others may need a brief period of leave from work. For those whose symptoms are not sufficiently reduced by conservative treatments, surgery may be an option, in which case – depending on the surgery performed – the recovery process could take months or even longer.
If you’ve exhausted all of your options for conservative treatment, consider minimally invasive, outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures are often the clinically appropriate first choice and they offer many advantages over traditional open back surgery. For one, our surgeons perform the procedures through a less than 1-inch incision, while open back surgery requires larger incisions. Moreover, our small incisions mean there is less muscle and tissue damage and a reduced risk of infection compared to traditional surgery, and there’s a shorter recovery time ^.
If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our procedures, call us to ask for a no-cost MRI review.* Our highly skilled surgeons have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief since 2005, helping to establish us as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.