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A 39-year-old female asked:

My husband has 4 ruptured disc in the lumbar and his dr is wanting to do a lumbar facet joint injections will this help him? this is a new dr that has just seen him 1 time. my husband has had 2 mri's and he has had this problem for 5 years

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Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Back : Back pain maybe caused by the disks, facet joints, muscles, nerves, spinal cord not to mention other organ systems. Facet joint arthritis is a common cause of back pain and often responds well to injections, radiofrequency burning of facet nerves and endoscopic rhizotomy cutting of facet nerves. Please see my avvo health guide on facet disease.
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
The fact that there are 'ruptured' discs, might have nothing to do with his pain. There are lots of people with torn discs (a normal phenomenon of aging) and no pain at all, and having an image finding with abnormal discs should not lead to him becoming a pin-cushion. There can be many another reason that make him hurt, and maybe a second opinion with a good physical exam might help.
Feb 13, 2013
Last updated Apr 7, 2019

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