Spondylosis: All you need to know
Most cases of spondylosis produce only mild, occasional stiffness and pain, and they do not need treatment.
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.
Receiving a massage from a trained provider may help relieve discomfort.