Arthritis of the spine is a degenerative spine condition that typically develops as a result of the natural aging process. We put pressure on our spine every day, and over time this pressure can wear down the spine and its components. The spine can become compressed due to repetitive motion and weight gain and cause the joints and discs of the spine to slowly break down and deteriorate. When this happens, arthritis of the spine, often referred to osteoarthritis of the spine, can develop.
If you have been diagnosed with this condition, your doctor will typically begin you on a conservative regimen of arthritis of the spine treatment methods. This may include:
- Physical therapy
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Low-impact exercise
- Steroid injections
- Intermittent periods of rest
Some patients have also reported achieving pain relief through the use of alternative treatments, such as chiropractic manipulation, herbal remedies and acupuncture. When exploring alternative treatment options, it’s important to seek treatment from a licensed professional as well as work closely with your primary care physician to prevent further damage to your spine.
If you have tried conservative or alternative treatments for weeks or months and have not found relief from your pain, your doctor may recommend that you consider surgery to treat your arthritis of the spine. Before committing to traditional open neck or back surgery, contact USA Spine Care to learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgeries. Our surgeons have performed nearly 100,000 procedures to date which are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^
When you contact us, be sure to ask about how you can receive a free MRI review* that will help determine if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures.