Treatments and Conditions

We offer a full range of treatment options for spondylosis. The right treatment for you depends on how severe your symptoms are, how long you have had them and the amount of change in your spine.

Pre-treatment plan

At your first appointment, your doctor will have reviewed your comprehensive health questionnaire. Your answers give the doctor detailed information about your pain and ability to function. This will help determine how serious your symptoms are  and what treatments will be most helpful.

Conservative (non-surgical) treatment

If you have mild or moderate symptoms, you can usually be treated without surgery. Conservative (on-surgical) treatments include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Narcotic medications or muscle relaxants
  • Other medications for chronic pain, including phenytoin, carbamazepine or tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline
  • Physical therapy  

Surgical treatment

If your pain doesn't get better with other treatments, or you have severe spondylosis, you might need surgery. You should also consider surgery if you have severe pain and weakness that affects your ability to move around normally. If you have had severe spondylosis for a long time, it can be difficult to return to normal activities even after surgery.

Types of surgery for spondylosis include: