Living With Back Pain

When Seeking Osteoarthritis/Spinal Arthritis/Spondylosis/Arthritis Back Pain Relief

Arthritis is a condition of degenerative joints of the bones that cause lots of pain and trouble along with swelling. But, when joints of the spine get degenerated and cause the pain, it is arthritis back pain which is medically termed as osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis or spondylosis. This is a degenerative joint disease which is natural to many aging people. But the good news is many treatment options are available for arthritis back pain relief.

How degeneration of the spinal joints take place? As we age the bones of the vertebra become weak and the joints of the spine having gaps shrink due to gravity and body weight. The compressed bones of the vertebra exert pressure on the nerve roots, ligaments and tendons which cause the pinching and sharp pain in the back. Thus the treatment of arthritis aims at relaxing the ligaments and nerve roots from the pressure of the bones.

Apart from prescription and over the counter medications, the treatment options for spinal arthritis include:

  1. Chiropractic care

  2. Acupuncture

  3. Epidural Injections

  4. Heat therapy

  5. Massage

  6. Physical therapy

  7. Knowledge therapy

  8. Glucosamine and Chondroitin

  9. Surgery:
    a) Foraminotomy
    b) Laminectomy
    c) Spinal Fusion (Note: surgery should be the last option.)

As you can not stop the aging process, it is difficult to control degenerative joint disease as well. Therefore to help the osteoarthritis patients, it is most important to concentrate on the pain management. With some lifestyle changes like weight management and regular exercising, you will notice the good results.

Exercising basically helps in toning the muscles and improves the motion of the joints.

Some exercises for arthritis back pain relief:

  1. Lie on the floor with your back and remain in a relaxed position. Slowly raise one of your legs upward and try to keep it as straight as possible. Count up to fifteen, and slowly bring down the leg. Do the same with the other leg.

    This exercise relaxes the compression of the joints by stretching them back.

  1. Inversion of the body is done to relieve the stress of weight from the spinal joints. When a person is in inverted position, the gravitational pull is inverted in the body. This, in turn stresses the bone joints in opposite direction. As a result, the space between the joints gets enlarged which reduces the tensions in the nerves and the cartilages. You can do this exercise on an inversion chair or table that you can buy in the market.

Lastly, stretch your back in a proper posture as your fitness trainer has taught you. You may use yoga or massage therapy as well, but the key to spinal arthritis relief is to have a particular regime and follow them strictly.