Arthritis treatment options to relieve back pain

Arthritis is an ever-present problem for millions of people worldwide but there are many options for treatment. This potentially painful condition can appear in many forms throughout the body — including the spine. Specifically, arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more joints in the body that can lead to pain and stiffness. The most common form of spinal arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is usually caused by age-related breakdown of cartilage, but also can stem from disease or infection.

In the spine, osteoarthritis can lead to stiffness as well as neck pain or back pain because it can target the spinal discs that separate the vertebrae and the facet joints where the bones interlock. Specific symptoms of arthritis depend on the severity and location of the arthritis. Back treatment is occasionally required to relieve the arthritis if pain becomes severe.

Treatment options for back pain relief

Once you have an official spinal arthritis diagnosis from your physician, it’s most likely that he or she will start you off with a conservative treatment plan, which typically includes the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes like following a weight-loss plan, improving posture and quitting smoking
  • Facet joint injections or other spinal injections
  • Periods of rest

In many cases, patients dealing with back pain and other symptoms related to spinal arthritis are able to find long-term relief and a return to regular activities with these and other nonsurgical treatments. However, conservative care isn’t effective for everyone and surgery can be presented as an option when you and your doctor have decided that these options have been fully exhausted.

Laser Spine Institute

If you have been diagnosed with spinal arthritis and are in need of back treatment after failing to achieve relief through conservative methods, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures in an outpatient setting that are a safer and effective^ alternative to traditional open spine surgery.

We’ll gladly review your MRI report or CT scan at no cost* to determine if you’re a candidate for one of our innovative procedures.