Spondylosis — treatment options for cervical and lumbar spondylosis
Spondylosis is a spine condition that describes the natural deterioration of the spine due to age or age-related diseases, such as arthritis of the spine. Most cases of spondylosis appear in the cervical (neck) spine or the lumbar (lower back) spine due to the continual motions in those two areas. Many people have spondylosis without ever experiencing any symptoms. However, if you have been experiencing pain or stiffness in your back, your symptoms may be an indication that your spondylosis is progressing or is developing into another spine condition, such as spondylolisthesis.
If you have been diagnosed with spondylosis, you should begin to consider the treatment options available to you to prevent your condition from advancing. There are several treatment methods used to alleviate the pain and symptoms of spondylosis, and to rejuvenate the components in the spine to prevent future deterioration.
As you read through some of the treatments options available to you, feel free to reach out to our Care Team at Laser Spine Institute. We are here to help educate you about your condition and ways to find treatment so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.
Conservative treatment options for spondylosis
The first form of treatment you should seek for your spondylosis is a conservative treatment method. Most mild cases of spondylosis respond well to conservative treatments, which help your body heal without having to undergo surgery.
There are several conservative treatments available to patients with spondylosis, but the most common treatment methods include:
- Chiropractic care — A chiropractor can help realign the vertebrae in the spine after elements such as arthritis and aging begin to deteriorate the vertebrae. Chiropractors can also give instructions about hot and cold compresses and stretches to do to help alleviate back pain.
- Physical Therapy — Physical therapy will help you strengthen the muscles around your spine to hold the components of your spine in place. Not only will this prevent your spondylosis from progressing, but it will also prevent other spine conditions from developing as a result of your spondylosis. You can continue these exercises at home to increase your recovery process.
- Pain Medication — Some patients prefer pain medication to help treat the pain and stiffness associated with spondylosis. For mild cases of spondylosis, this method of treatment may work. However, if your spondylosis continues to worsen, you may need to consider an alternate method of treatment.
Most of these conservative treatment methods can be combined, such as chiropractic care and physical therapy, to expedite your treatment process. Consult your physician before starting any treatments for back pain or stiffness.
Minimally invasive spine surgery for spondylosis
If you are not finding any pain relief from conservative treatments, you may want to consider minimally invasive spine surgery to treat your spondylosis. Most patients have heard about spine surgery in the context of traditional open back surgery, which is often accompanied by several risks and a less-than-great patient satisfaction rating for pain relief and recovery.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer, more effective surgical alternative to traditional open back surgery for spondylosis. Our minimally invasive surgery allows patients to experience shorter recovery times*, less scarring and a higher postoperative patient satisfaction (98% patient satisfaction rate).
We offer minimally invasive decompression surgery for more mild cases of spondylosis and minimally invasive stabilization surgery for more progressive cases, or cases that are accompanied by spine conditions such as spondylolisthesis. An MRI test or CT scan will help our surgeons determine the best course of action to treat your spondylosis.
To learn more about our treatment options for spondylosis, research our treatment articles or contact our Care Team. We are here to help guide you through the treatment process so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.