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How is osteoarthritis of the spine treated?

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In most cases, treatment of spinal osteoarthritis is geared toward relieving the symptoms of pain and increasing a person's ability to function. The goal is to have a healthy lifestyle. Initial treatment may include losing weight if needed and then maintaining a healthy weight. It may also include exercise. Besides helping with weight management, exercise can also help:

  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve attitude and mood
  • Strengthen the heart
  • Improve blood flow
  • Make it easier to do daily tasks

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Spinal Stenosis” and "Osteoarthritis."

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 9, 2017

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Spinal Stenosis” and "Osteoarthritis."

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 9, 2017

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