Arthritis of the spine — finding relief after diagnosis
During the natural aging process, many people develop arthritis to some degree, with arthritis of the spine being common due to the amount of movement and pressure this part of the body withstands. The spinal facet joints that link the vertebrae are lined with cartilage that becomes weak and brittle over time. This can lead to inflammation, stiffness and radiating symptoms if nerve compression occurs due to an enlarged ligament or bone spur growth.
Although arthritis of the spine is not reversible, the symptoms from this condition can often be managed through conservative treatments.
Working with your doctor to develop a treatment plan for arthritis of the spine
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis of the spine, it is important to take steps and make lifestyle changes to promote spine health. You can combine this program with pain management techniques that can relieve symptoms if you are experiencing them. Be patient as you work to find the right combination of methods that works for you. An arthritis of the spine treatment plan will often include:
- Therapeutic massage
- Hot and cold therapy, such as a heating pad or an ice pack
- Physical therapy
- Spinal injections
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Weight management
- Posture improvement
- Regular low-impact exercise
Spinal arthritis surgery may be recommended in cases where nerve compression is occurring and conservative treatments have been exhausted.
Minimally invasive treatment for arthritis of the spine
If you are suffering from chronic pain related to spinal arthritis and are considering surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery. By using muscle-sparing techniques, our board-certified surgeons+ can access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision, allowing for a streamlined outpatient experience.
We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.