Spondylosis: All you need to know

Treatment

Most cases of spondylosis produce only mild, occasional stiffness and pain, and they do not need treatment.

Home remedies

If a person experiences pain, they can try the following:

  • Over-the-counter pain relief medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help.
  • Keeping physically active: Low-impact exercise, such as swimming or walking, can help with maintaining flexibility and strengthening the muscles that support the spine.
  • Improving posture: Slouching, for example, can make the pain worse.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist may suggest specific exercises or massage.
  • Back support: A person may need to choose a chair or mattress that supports their back better.
  • Rest during periods of inflammation: When symptoms are troublesome, try resting for a while.

Alternative treatments

woman having a massage for spondylosis

Receiving a massage from a trained provider may help relieve discomfort.

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