Treatments for Spondylitis

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for spondylitis. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Acupuncture

    Overview
    Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. Some people with spondylitis have utilized acupuncture to rel... read more

  • Advil (Ibuprofen)

    Overview
    Advil is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Advil may be referred to by its drug name, Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is also sold under the brand name Motrin.

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  • Aleve (Naproxen)

    Overview
    Aleve is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Aleve is also referred to by its drug name, Naproxen. Naproxen is also sold under the brand name Naprosyn.
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  • Amjevita (Adalimumab-atto)

    Overview
    Amjevita is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to active ankylosing spondylitis in adults. Amjevita may be referred to by its drug name, Adalimumab-atto.

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  • Ansaid (Flurbiprofen)

    Overview
    Ansaid is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Ansaid is also referred to by its drug name, Flurbiprofen.

    A... read more

  • Arava (Leflunomide)

    Overview
    Arava is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Arava is sometimes prescribed to treat spondylitis. Arava is also known ... read more

  • Aspirin

    Overview
    Aspirin is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Aspirin is also sometimes used to treat cardiovascular conditions.

    Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammator... read more

  • Astramorph (Morphine)

    Overview
    Astramorph is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute and chronic moderate or severe pain. Astramorph may also be referred to by its drug name, Morphine. ... read more

  • Avinza (Morphine)

    Overview
    Avinza is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe pain in cases where long-term, continual pain relief is needed and other treatments are not effective. ... read more

  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

    Overview
    Azulfidine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ulcerative colitis. Azulfidine is also prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriati... read more

  • Celebrex (Celecoxib)

    Overview
    Celebrex is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Celebrex is also referred to by its drug name, Celecoxib.

    Celebrex i... read more

  • Celexa (Citalopram)

    Overview
    Celexa is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Celexa may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Celexa is also known by its drug name... read more

  • Chiropractic treatment

    Overview
    Chiropractic is a health treatment that aims to correct problems with the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system. Chiropractic is a popular treatment for pain and stiffness, especially in the neck and b... read more

  • Cimzia (Certolizumab pegol)

    Overview
    Cimzia is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with active ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis or moderately to severely active cases ... read more

  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

    Overview
    Complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) are popular with many people who have spondylitis. CAT treatments for chronic pain may include acupuncture, yoga, massage, low-level laser therapy, and he... read more

  • Corticosteroids

    Overview
    Corticosteroids are a class of prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation. Corticosteroids are sometimes used to treat inflammation in people with spon... read more

  • Cosentyx (Secukinumab)

    Overview
    Cosentyx is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ankylosing spondylitis, moderate to severe psoriatic arthritis, and plaque psoriasis. Cosentyx is also... read more

  • Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

    Overview
    Cymbalta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, anxiety, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Cymbalt... read more

  • Daypro (Oxaprozin)

    Overview
    Daypro is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Daypro is also referred to by its drug name, Oxaprozin.

    Dayp... read more

  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

    Overview
    Dilaudid is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require an opioid when other treatments are ineffective. Dilaudid may be referred to b... read more

  • Duragesic (Fentanyl)

    Overview
    Duragesic is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain in opioid-tolerant patients in cases where pain is severe enough to require daily, long-term, continua... read more

  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

    Overview
    Effexor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Effexor... read more

  • Elavil (Amitriptyline)

    Overview
    Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Elavil may help manage neuropathic pain. Elavil is also known by its drug name, Amitriptyline.

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  • Enbrel (Etanercept)

    Overview
    Enbrel is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriatic arthritis, active ankylosing spondylitis, and moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid ... read more

  • Erelzi (Etanercept-szzs)

    Overview
    Erelzi is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ankylosing spondylitis. Erelzi may be referred to by its drug name, Etanercept-szzs. Erelzi is a biosimi... read more

  • Exalgo (Hydromorphone)

    Overview
    Exalgo is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe pain in opioid-tolerant people in cases where long-term, continual pain relief is needed and other trea... read more

  • Exercise

    Overview
    Exercise can help everyone stay healthy and feel their best. Exercise can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve sleep, promote a healthy weight, and help prevent the development... read more

  • Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine)

    Overview
    Flexeril is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute musculoskeletal pain. Flexeril is also referred to by its drug name, Cyclobenzaprine.

    Flexeri... read more

  • Hip replacement

    Overview
    Hip replacement is surgery to replace one or both hips with artificial joints made from plastic, ceramic, or metal components. Some people with spondylitis choose hip replacement if hip pain and dysfu... read more

  • Humira (Adalimumab)

    Overview
    Humira is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic... read more

  • Hydrocodone

    Overview
    Hydrocodone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain that requires daily, round-the-clock management on a long-term basis, and for which other treatment ... read more

  • Ibuprofen

    Overview
    Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Ibuprofen is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin.

    Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory dru... read more

  • Indocin (Indomethacin)

    Overview
    Indocin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to severe ankylosing spondylitis. Indocin is also referred to by its drug name, Indomethacin.
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  • Inflectra (Infliximab-dyyb)

    Overview
    Inflectra is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of active ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, chronic severe plaque psoriasis, a... read more

  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)

    Overview
    Lexapro is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults and in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Lexapro may help reduce... read more

  • Lodine (Etodolac)

    Overview
    Lodine is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat arthritis and acute pain. Lodine is also referred to by its drug name, Etodolac.

    Lodine is... read more

  • Lyrica (Pregabalin)

    Overview
    Lyrica is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures, and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic ne... read more

  • Medical marijuana

    Overview
    Medical marijuana is widely used as a complementary therapy to treat chronic pain.

    It is vital to inform your doctor of all treatments you incorporate, including medical marijuana, so that they can... read more

  • Methotrexate

    Overview
    Methotrexate is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe cases of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some types of cancer. Methotrexate is sometimes pre... read more

  • Mobic (Meloxicam)

    Overview
    Mobic is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis, adult rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children age ... read more

  • Motrin (Ibuprofen)

    Overview
    Motrin is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Motrin is also referred to by its drug name, Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is also sold under the brand name Advil.

    Motr... read more

  • Nalfon (Fenoprofen)

    Overview
    Nalfon is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and mild to moderate pain. Nalfon is also referred to by its drug ... read more

  • Naltrexone

    Overview
    Naltrexone is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating opiate and alcohol addiction. At a significantly lower dose, Naltrexone has also been prescribed... read more

  • Naprosyn (Naproxen)

    Overview
    Naprosyn is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Naprosyn is also referred to by its drug name, Naproxen. Naproxen is also sold under the brand name Aleve... read more

  • Nerve block injections

    Overview
    In some cases of spondylitis, pain cannot be effectively managed with medication. Depending on the condition and the type of pain, some people may be candidates for nerve block injections.

    What... read more

  • Neurontin (Gabapentin)

    Overview
    Neurontin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia and some types of seizures. Neurontin is also referred to by its drug name, Gabapent... read more

  • Norco (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Norco is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Norco is a combination drug containing Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydro... read more

  • Norflex (Orphenadrine)

    Overview
    Norflex is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat muscle spasms and pain. Norflex is also referred to by its drug name, Orphenadrine.

    Norflex is a mus... read more

  • Norgesic (Orphenadrine citrate/Aspirin/Caffeine)

    Overview
    Norgesic is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute musculoskeletal pain in addition to rest and physical therapy. Norgesic is a combination drug co... read more

  • Norpramin (Desipramine)

    Overview
    Norpramin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Norpramin may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Norpramin is ... read more

  • Nutrition

    Overview
    Everyone feels their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. For people with spondylitis, nutrition can help you combat inflammation, manage your weight, and avoid developing osteopo... read more

  • Orphengesic (Orphenadrine citrate/Aspirin/Caffeine)

    Overview
    Orphengesic is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute musculoskeletal pain in addition to rest and physical therapy. Orphengesic is a combination d... read more

  • Otezla (Apremilast)

    Overview
    Otezla is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis and moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Otezla may also be prescribed for peripher... read more

  • OxyContin (Oxycodone)

    Overview
    OxyContin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require daily, 24-hour, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatmen... read more

  • Pamelor (Nortriptyline)

    Overview
    Pamelor is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Pamelor may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Pamelor is also k... read more

  • Paxil (Paroxetine)

    Overview
    Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil may be mildly effective at managing neurop... read more

  • Percocet (Oxycodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Percocet is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Percocet is a combination drug composed of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen.
    ... read more

  • Physical therapy

    Overview
    Physical therapy can help people with spondylitis reduce pain, preserve function, improve strength and balance, and stabilize joints. Physical therapy can also rehabilitate your body after surgery or ... read more

  • Posture

    Overview
    Maintaining good posture is important for everyone. Good posture helps prevent fatigue and strain and improves balance. For people with spondylitis, good posture is essential to avoid developing kypho... read more

  • Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine)

    Overview
    Pristiq is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depression disorder. Pristiq may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Pristiq is also know... read more

  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)

    Overview
    Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine.

    Prozac is an antidepressant of the selectiv... read more

  • Radiofrequency nerve ablation

    Overview
    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a technique used to provide long-term relief for some types of chronic pain. RFA is most often used to treat back pain including pain in the lumbar, cervical, and sacr... read more

  • Remicade (Infliximab)

    Overview
    Remicade is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, chronic severe plaque psoriasis, and moderately... read more

  • Rheumatrex (Methotrexate)

    Overview
    Rheumatrex is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe cases of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some types of cancer. Methotrexate is sometimes presc... read more

  • Savella (Milnacipran)

    Overview
    Savella is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia. Savella is also known by its drug name, Milnacipran.

    Savella is a serotonin-norepinephrine ... read more

  • Silenor (Doxepin)

    Overview
    Silenor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat insomnia. Silenor may help manage neuropathic pain. Silenor is also referred to by its drug name, Doxepin.

    ... read more

  • Simponi (Golimumab)

    Overview
    Simponi is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with active cases of ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (in combination with methotrexate),... read more

  • Soma (Carisoprodol)

    Overview
    Soma is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute musculoskeletal pain. Soma is also referred to by its drug name, Carisoprodol.

    Soma is a muscle r... read more

  • Spinal surgery

    Overview
    In advanced cases of ankylosing spondylitis, corrective spinal surgery may become necessary. A spine specialist may recommend surgery in cases where the spine has become deformed in a fixed flexed (fo... read more

  • Stelara (Ustekinumab)

    Overview
    Stelara is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis and moderately to severely active cases of plaque psoriasis and Crohn’s dise... read more

  • Tofranil (Imipramine)

    Overview
    Tofranil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Tofranil may help manage neuropathic pain. Tofranil is also known by its drug name, Imipramine. ... read more

  • Trexall (Methotrexate)

    Overview
    Trexall is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe cases of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some types of cancer. Methotrexate is sometimes prescrib... read more

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen, Paracetamol)

    Overview
    Tylenol is available over the counter as treatment for minor aches and pains. Tylenol may be referred to by the drug name Acetaminophen, also called Paracetamol.

    Tylenol is an analgesic (pain reli... read more

  • Ultram (Tramadol)

    Overview
    Ultram is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. Ultram is also known by its drug name, Tramadol.

    Ultram is ... read more

  • Valium (Diazepam)

    Overview
    Valium is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Valium can also help relieve muscle spasms. Valium is also known by its drug name, Diazepam.

    Vali... read more

  • Vicodin (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Vicodin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage pain severe enough to require an opioid, and for which other treatments are ineffective. Vicodin is a combin... read more

  • Voltaren (Diclofenac)

    Overview
    Voltaren is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Voltaren ... read more

  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

    Overview
    Wellbutrin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in adults. Wellbutrin may help manage neuropathic pain. Wellbutrin is also known by its drug na... read more

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