Treatment options for individuals living with spondylosis
Spondylosis is a spine condition that describes the natural deterioration of the spine, typically due to the aging process. Since aging cannot be completely stopped or reversed, spondylosis treatment focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms of the condition. Even if spondylosis does not show symptoms, if left untreated, it could lead to the development of other spine conditions and weakness in the spine.
If you have been diagnosed with spondylosis, you are most likely searching for a treatment option to help ease your symptoms and prevent new conditions from developing. Most mild forms of spondylosis respond to conservative (nonsurgical) treatment methods. However, more advanced forms of spondylosis might require surgical treatment to restore the components of the spine.
As you research the spondylosis treatment options available to you, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Laser Spine Institute to help guide you through the treatment process and answer your questions. Our goal is to educate you about your spine condition and the treatment options available to you, so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.
Conservative spondylosis treatment
Conservative spondylosis treatment options can often effectively address mild cases of the condition. A conservative treatment is any form of therapy that does not involve surgery. This classification ranges from yoga to medication. There are several forms of effective conservative spondylosis treatment, including:
- Physical therapy. A physical therapist can guide you through exercises that will strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine. As your muscles strengthen, they will better hold your spine in place and help take some of the pressure off of your vertebrae and joints. While this spondylosis treatment won’t reverse the condition, it can slow spinal degeneration down and prevent it from worsening.
- Restorative yoga. Restorative yoga is designed to restore the muscle strength in the core. Similar to physical therapy, restorative yoga develops the muscles which will help your spine stay aligned and slow natural wear.
- Lifestyle changes. Some people may benefit from a lifestyle change, such as a weight loss plan. Losing weight can help relieve the pressure from the spine and slow down the deterioration of its components. Additionally, weight loss programs usually include strength training, which will enhance the muscles surrounding your spine and help hold everything in its proper place.
- Pain medication. Pain medication can be prescribed to help alleviate the discomfort caused by spondylosis, if that happens to be a symptom you experience. This spondylosis treatment can either be prescribed as daily pills or epidural shots that you have injected every month or every three months.
Several conservative treatments can be combined to increase your pain relief. Consult your physician about a spondylosis treatment plan to fit your needs.
Minimally invasive surgery to treat spondylosis
Unfortunately, some patients may find themselves in the frustrating position of not finding pain relief from conservative spondylosis treatment options. The idea of getting traditional open back surgery to treat spondylosis can seem overwhelming and may not be something that you want to endure.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your need to find a spondylosis treatment that provides sufficient pain relief without having to undergo traditional open back surgery. We offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our minimally invasive surgeries help patients find relief from spondylosis and lead to no lengthy recovery.^
We offer two types of surgery to treat spondylosis: minimally invasive stabilization surgery and minimally invasive decompression surgery. The type of surgery you have depends on the severity of your spondylosis and whether or not you have developed any correlating spine conditions due to your spondylosis. Our surgeons and physicians can determine the type of surgery you need.
If you would like to learn more about your spondylosis treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute. We can provide you with a free MRI review* to help determine whether you are a candidate for the minimally invasive procedures that we offer.