Stretching and strength training as spondylosis treatment
Spondylosis is a general term used to describe age-related spinal deterioration, such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease. In most cases, spondylosis treatment begins with a course of conservative options. The type of treatment prescribed will depend on the specifics of the spinal degeneration — whether it’s affecting the discs between the vertebrae, joints, ligaments, etc. — the location along the spine, the particular set of symptoms and your overall health. While pain medicine and anti-inflammatory drugs are included in virtually every treatment plan, nearly as common is the recommendation for you to begin some form of stretching and/or strength training, assuming your health is strong. It’s amazing how simple exercise and stretching routines can greatly impact your recovery process.
Why strength and flexibility matter
There are several reasons why a spondylosis treatment plan is likely to include strength training and stretching for flexibility. For one thing, people who are physically fit are more likely to be able to maintain a positive mental outlook as they move forward during their treatment. More tangible benefits exist as well for improving strength and flexibility as a means for managing symptoms related to spinal deterioration. Stronger core muscles provide extra spine support, relieving the joints, discs and other parts of the spine from some of their weight-bearing function. In addition, the more flexible you are, the better your body is able to withstand the demands of working out and handling day-to-day sitting, standing, walking and other postures and movements. Stretching also temporarily elongates the spine and reduces compression, which relieves pain caused by pressure on spinal nerves. Of course, no one should begin a new exercise program without first consulting a physician and/or physical therapist.
Other forms of spondylosis treatment
In addition to exercise and physical therapy, a spondylosis conservative treatment plan often includes non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hot/cold applications and other forms of non-surgical treatments. If chronic symptoms persist after several weeks or months of non-surgical treatment, however, surgery may need to become an option.
If you find yourself in this frustrating situation where stretching, strength training and other non-surgical methods fail to improve your spondylosis, Laser Spine Institute is here to help. We offer both minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries that have been proven to effectively treat patients with spondylosis, though our minimally invasive decompression surgery is the most commonly recommended for patients with this condition. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, require only small incisions and leave the spinal anatomy and soft tissues largely intact, allowing our patients to experience a faster recovery than those who undergo open spinal surgery. Contact us today to learn more and see how you may be a candidate.