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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Facet joint pain after laminectomy 8mos ago. Had 2 nerve blocks. Rfa is next. If the rfa is a success, will it stop the painful spasms in that area?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just diagnosed w/ lumbar facet joint pain & was told I have artheritis in my left hip. Got helpful injection in discs but hip hurts. Best treatments?
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer