When patients first go to their physicians looking for arthritis of the spine pain relief, they will likely be prescribed a regimen of conservative treatments aimed at managing their symptoms. For some, treatment may include a combination of pain and anti-inflammatory medication, heat/ice therapy, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy. In many cases, these nonsurgical treatments are sufficient in providing pain relief for arthritis of the spine.
How else can I achieve spinal arthritis pain relief?
In addition to the conservative treatments previously mentioned, there are a number of alternative care options that can provide spinal arthritis pain relief. Alternative treatments are those that are not considered mainstream, and while some physicians are not sure of their effectiveness, many patients have reported finding relief from their spinal arthritis symptoms by way of these treatments. Some alternative treatments that can be used to achieve spinal arthritis pain relief include:
- Therapeutic massage
- Chiropractic care
- Herbal supplements
Before you try any alternative methods for arthritis of the spine pain relief, be sure to check with your physician. Not every treatment will be right for everyone, and in some cases, using the wrong treatment — or using a treatment incorrectly — can further worsen spinal arthritis.
What do I do if conservative and alternative treatments are ineffective?
While many patients will find significant arthritis of the spine pain relief through the use of conservative and alternative treatments, some may need to undergo surgery. Contact USA Spine Care if you have been recommended for surgery so that you can learn about our minimally invasive outpatient surgeries. Our procedures are often clinically appropriate, and they offer patients shorter recovery times and less risk of infection than what is typical of traditional open spine procedures.^ We offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures.