As of 2015, no medical treatments can reverse the degenerative process of spondylosis, according to eMedicineHealth. Treatment options to relieve back and neck pain and discomfort caused by spondylosis include analgesics, anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants. Low doses of tricyclic antidepressants can also help to reduce pain. Topical medications massaged directly into affected areas are also effective, but they should not be used on cut or irritated skin.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications used to treat spondylosis pain include naproxen and ibuprofen, and stronger anti-inflammatory medicines are available with a doctor's prescription, states eMedicineHealth. Muscle relaxants prescribed to patients with spondylosis include tizanadine and cyclobenzaprine. In cases of severe, unremitting pain, doctors may prescribe narcotic medications such as Vicodin and Norco.
Studies show that fish oil may help to reduce neck and back pain, reports eMedicineHealth. Additionally, applying heat or ice to affected areas of the neck or back helps many patients reduce pain. Sleeping with a pillow placed between the legs or using pillows that offer extra cervical spine support can also help.
Bed rest generally slows recovery, according to eMedicineHealth. Spondylosis sufferers should continue with normal activities as much as possible, avoiding heavy lifting and strenous activities that could worsen the condition.