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A 59-year-old female asked:

Can facet arthropaty cause sciatica and walking problem/limpness and pain in the leg/ for months?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Changes involving the facet joints related to degeneration can create sciatic symptoms related to inflammation or due to nerve compression secondary to stenosis or narrowing of the nerve root exit due to overall degenerative changes at that spine level or due to facet joint overgrowth or instability or even due to a synovial cyst forming from a facet joint or all the above.
Dr. Foead Geula
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no and yes: Facet arthropathy typically causes achy low back pain that may radiate into the legs above the knee. It is usually a chronic condition. Sciatica pain is typically more "pins and needles" sensation and spreads below the knee and into the feet. Of course, some patients have both sciatica and facet arthropathy, in which case you may experience symptoms of both.
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 cause pain. If the arthropathy is great enough you may have sciatica like symptoms as well.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata commented
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Agreed! The answer is YES to all of the above!
Jul 19, 2014

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