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A 46-year-old member asked:

what are facet/uncovertebral joints?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Facet joints or : Zygoapophyseal joints are small joints of the spine which are a right and left pair at all levels of the lumbar & thoracic spine & in the cervical spine except at C1-2 level.they help to stabilize and allow for certain motions of the spine. Uncovertebral joints develop in the cervical spine only and are paired at each level except C1-2 and are usually present or noted with disc degeneration,

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is bilateral facet joint arthrosis?

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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 like any joint in the body these joints have cartilage. As we age the cartilage degenerates and cause pain with motion. Arthrosis means arthritic changes to these joints. And bilateral refers to both joints of the specific level.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the function of the facet joint at 5-1?

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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 condition called spondylolisthesis. In doing this, they also protect the l5s1 disk.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Rrgional backache: Pain with extension morning stiffness bone scan willshow inflamed joints injection are diagnostic and therapeutic value for treatment of facetogenic pain neck as well.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is a facet joint block?

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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 means is to use a fluoroscopy (x-ray) machine and a small amount of dye to be sure the medication gets to the right spot.
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A 53-year-old male asked:

What treatment for facet joint arthopathy?

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Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Facet joint pain: Start with NSAID ( like Motrin ) and physical therapy. If nothing helps then you can find a pain management doctor or intervention radiologist for facet joint block.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
ultimately may require surgery
Mar 17, 2013

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