A 53-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me what is bilateral facet joint effusions?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Greg Khounganian answered
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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 referred to an effusion. An effusion is basically indicative of degeneration of that joint. It can lead to pain, and in severe cases, instability of that vertebral level.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!