Treatment/surgery abroad gives patients options to take advantage of lower medical costs, while visiting interesting destinations. Spondylosis (spinal arthritis) and degeneration of spinal discs occurs in most people as they age, but the degree of severity varies. The treatments for spondylosis are usually non-invasive, but may involve relaxation therapy, acupuncture, reduction of stress, or corticosteroid injections. Staying in shape helps prevent arthritis from becoming severe. Healthy bodies degenerate slower.
In severe cases, surgery may be required to relieve pain or prevent further spinal damage. Surgery may be done from the front or back, depending on the exact problem. Vertebrae may be removed, reshaped, or strengthened with a metal rod, and damaged discs may need to be removed. Spondylosis surgery is available in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.