Treating spondylosis with physical therapy

For people with spondylosis, physical therapy may be an effective treatment avenue for reducing pain and increasing mobility. Spondylosis is a general term for age-related deterioration of the spine. A common condition in people age 50 and above, spondylosis can affect any part of the spine, although it is most commonly present in the lumbar (lower back) region or the cervical (neck) region.

Spondylosis develops when the soft tissues in the back lose water content and elasticity, leading to problems such as herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs or other degenerative spine conditions. Spondylosis often affects the facet joints that allow the spine to move and flex.

The most common symptoms of spondylosis are stiffness and pain, which may be mild or debilitating depending on the severity of the condition, as well as numbness, weakness and tingling. There are a variety of physical therapy options described in the following article that can help relieve these symptoms.

Physical therapy for spondylosis

The physical therapy options for people with spondylosis vary depending on their age and general health condition. However, most physical therapy treatments fall into one of two categories — passive physical therapy and active physical therapy.

The treatments options belonging to passive physical therapy involve things being done to the patient, rather than things the patient does to themselves. Some passive treatments include massage therapy, hot and cold therapy, TENS therapy and ultrasound therapy.

Active physical therapy treatments, on the other hand, are exercises that patients perform under the strict care and supervision of a physical therapist. Some goals of spondylosis active physical therapy include:

  • Increased circulation and fluid exchange to promote the removal of toxins and introduction of helpful nutrients
  • Strengthening of the core muscles (back, abdomen and buttocks) for added spinal support
  • Loosening of tight muscles to reduce spasms and improve flexibility

If you have spondylosis and several weeks or months of physical therapy and other conservative treatments don’t resolve your pain, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive decompression procedures can help you find relief from neck and back pain.

Surgical alternatives to physical therapy

At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified+ surgeons use less than a 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing to provide a patient with lasting relief from their chronic pain and discomfort. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you recapture your quality of life from spondylosis.