What can I expect from spondylosis treatment?
As with many conditions, spondylosis treatment recommendations and success depend on several factors, including the severity of the condition, the symptoms it is causing and the overall health of the patient. While only a physician who is familiar with a patient’s specific case can tell the patient what he or she can expect from spondylosis treatment, we can provide a general overview of the typical treatment process.
Starting with the conservative options
Most people who are diagnosed with spondylosis seek treatment because they wish to control their symptoms and go about their daily routine without pain. These goals can usually be achieved through some combination of the following approaches:
- Lifestyle changes, such as stopping tobacco use and eating a healthier diet (as necessary)
- Regular physical activity, including aerobic exercise, core-strengthening activities and gentle stretching
- Medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or pain relievers
- Hot and cold therapy using warm compresses and ice packs
- Alternative options like acupuncture and chiropractic care
Finding an effective combination can take some trial and error, and even then, helpful treatments can take a few days or weeks before the results become apparent. For this reason, if you’re seeking treatment for your spondylosis, it’s important to be patient.
When surgery becomes a possibility
If your symptoms are particularly severe or aren’t responding to conservative spondylosis treatment, you may want to consider surgery. As with any surgery, be sure to examine all of your options before you consent to a procedure. In addition to the traditional open spine surgery options available to treat spondylosis, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery. We are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, and our approach offers many advantages over open spine techniques, including a shorter recovery time^ for our patients.^
For more information about spondylosis treatment and to receive a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you’re a potential candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive surgery, contact us today.