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Can you tell me what is bilateral facet joint effusions

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Arthritis: Joints in the spine are similar to joints in the rest of the body. When they degenerate due to arthritis they become fluid filled. That fluid is ref... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Water in the joint: When joints get worn or degenerative, they can produce more joint fluid than usual and it is called an effusion. It is the joint's attempt to heal. ... Read More
Dr. Robert Milam
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Facet joint effusion: There are 3 moving parts of each level of the spine--2 facet joints, and disc. The joints protect the spine and spinal cord from abnormal motion or tr... Read More

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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Findings: The joints of your vertebrae are formed by projections from the top of one vertebrae above to the one below. For you the joints have fluid from 3rd l... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Arthritic jonts: It is referring to the facet joints of the spine. Each level of the spine is connected by a disc in between the vertebrae and two facet joints. Just ... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Facet degeneration : These are small joints in the spine, two per level (bilateral) and arthrosis just means degeneration of the joint not necesarily inflamed which would ... Read More
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cau... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Back Pain: It is a term relating pain coming from the l5/s1 facet joints. The diagnosis was probably given due to arthritic changes of those joints. To treat an... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
A shot: Cortisone like medicine or anesthetic (numbing) medicine is injected (shot into) the joint or around the nerve going to the joint. The most accurate m... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Small joint in neck: The facet joints are small joints (two bone with a layer of cartilage where the two meet). The size is roughly the size of the finger nail on the litt... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clive Segil
Orthopedic Surgery 58 years experience
Not bad: A pure xray or MRI finding needs clinical correlation.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Support & stability: The facet joints at l5s1 are very important. They allow movement, but help prevent the L5 bone from shifting forward on top of the s1 bone, a conditio... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Ndeto
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Back pain.: This is a diagnosis whereby, the pain is in the low back region primarily. Its cause is from the inflammation of the small facet joints on both sides... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Inflammation: It is usually seen after a whiplash injury and causes neck pain. Chiropractic treatment or physical therapy can be useful if it persists. Occasional... Read More

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