Treatment options for an arthritic lower back include pain relief medications, steroid injections, acupuncture, strength-building exercises and weight loss. Orthopedic devices and surgery are other options, according to Arthritis-health. Although arthritis is an irreversible degenerative disease, treatment can slow the progression of arthritis and help patients manage symptoms.
The best combination of treatments varies from patient to patient and often changes over time as the disease progresses, says Arthritis-health. Oral and topical medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Bengay and Icy Hot help manage pain and have few side effects. Good exercises for arthritic back pain include stretching, yoga and resistance training that improve strength in the neck and back. Injections of steroids or hyaluronic acid provide relief for patients with severe pain.