Literally meaning “joint inflammation,” arthritis can range in severity from mild discomfort to persistent pain with every movement, leaving patients with symptoms including discomfort, swelling, tenderness and joint stiffness. And the approach to pain management for arthritis sufferers can vary just as much as its symptoms. Here are a few of the most common arthritis management options, presented by the experienced spine surgeons Los Angeles patients can turn to at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration. Here are a few of the most common arthritis management options, presented by the experienced back surgeons at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration.
While medications may not completely relieve pain, the right combination and dosage can significantly reduce discomfort. Some common medications used for arthritis pain management* include:
*Note: Alcohol should not be consumed while taking NSAIDs, acetaminophen or narcotics for arthritis pain management.
If you want to minimize or eliminate side effects, there are certain natural remedies* that can be used for pain management which include:
*Note: Check with your doctor before adjusting your treatment approach.
While it’s not necessarily possible to prevent arthritis, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of joint damage. These steps include maintaining a healthy weight to reduce stress on joints, exercising to keep muscle strong, practicing proper lifting techniques, improving your posture and eating a well-balanced diet to maintain bone and muscle strength.
If you have tried natural remedies and prescription medications and are still living with back or neck pain as the result of your arthritis, it may be time to look into other methods. Decompression spine surgery is just one option that can help to eliminate or reduce back pain. For more information or to request a consultation, reach out to The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration today at (310) 828-7757.