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Can you tell me about being diagnosed with facet joint pain and had a medial branch block?

Can you tell me about being diagnosed with facet joint pain and had a medial branch block?

Facet Joint Pain: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. This is used to determine pain from facet joints. As with anything there are failures, but quite low if the block worked well. Risks are the same as with any spine procedure, no different. Rare that you would be worse off afterwards. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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Facet joint pain or si joint pain? Pain is located in lower left, 2 inches from spine (l5-s1 area). No reffered pain. 2 somewhat positive facet blocks

Can Be both: However if the facet block gave you 70-100% pain relief, then more likely to be your fact joint. If less than 50% relief, then consider the SI joint as a definite source of your pain. Also if not ruled out already, I often find things like spinal stenosis or herniated discs also have this same pattern of pain. ...Read more

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44 f MS 12 yrs.. Ddd facet joint pain mgt 9 weeks severe bi lateral knee pain upon standing & sitting. No injury or ra. Va says no mri. What now?

44 f  MS  12 yrs..  Ddd facet joint pain mgt  9 weeks  severe bi lateral knee pain upon standing  &  sitting. No injury or ra. Va says no mri. What now?

Several things: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Strained back 9 months ago right side. Restrained in january both sides. Ct scan show bone spur on right l5s1 facet joint. Pain in both si joints.Why?

Strained back 9 months ago right side. Restrained in january both sides. Ct scan show bone spur on right l5s1 facet joint. Pain in both si joints.Why?

SI joint problem: Even though you had back strain on the right sidea and bone spurs on the right side you may have bilateral problems with your si joint. It is worth evaluating and trying to get some relief. Typically start with non-operative measures. Pt, chiropractic, injections, core strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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Difference betwen arthralgia&arthritis?

Difference betwen arthralgia&arthritis?

Pain vs Swelling: Arthralgia refers to only joint pain (arth = joint; -algia = pain). Arthritis refers to inflammation in the joint (arth- = joint; -itis = inflammed) which may or may not be accompanied by pain. There are many types of arthritis--most of which involve a disease process that is either chronic (osteoarthritis, ra, jia) or short-term or curable (reactive arthritis, septic arthritis). ...Read more

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Difference between arthritis and arthralgia?

Difference between arthritis and arthralgia?

Inflammation: "arthritis" means joint inflammation while "arthralgia" means joint pain. You can have joint pain without joint inflammation, joint inflammation without joint pain, or have both together. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arthritis - arthralgia?

What are the tests for arthritis - arthralgia?

Clinical eval +++: The most important 'test' is--as usual--the diagnostic tool between the physician's ears. Any well versed specialist in the field of arthritis (rheumatology) knows that hearing exactly what the details are given by the pt (history) and a careful, thorough exam of all parts of the body, will yield a dx, or at least what tests to order. Some: esr, crp, antibodies to own cells, cbc, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between arthritis, arthralgia?

What is the difference between arthritis, arthralgia?

See below: Technically arthralgia is pain in the joints and arthritis is inflammation in the joints however, the terms are often used interchangeably. Not all pain in joints is arthritic though. For instance, joint pain can occur from viruses or even conditions like low thyroid (hypothyroid). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Joint Pain (Definition)

Joint pain is a clinical finding in which a joint (where two bones meet) is painful to move. This can occur with arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...Read more


Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more