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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area?.

I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area?.

Dermatome: The c5, c6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Can a facet joint injury start out as a sharp stinging pain like something being pulled?

Can a facet joint injury start out as a sharp stinging pain like something being pulled?

It can but....: More commonly symptoms such as that are more consistent with a strain and spasm in the para spinal muscles. ...Read more

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How to relieve pain in lower back due to facet joint problems?

How to relieve pain in lower back due to facet joint problems?

Several ways: We start with anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication, if did not help we move to steroids by mouth or injection under fluoroscopy and the last resort is surgery. ...Read more

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Pain Management: How long can the positive effects of a cervical facet joint nerve block diagnostic test last before retreatment (been 1 month now)?

Pain Management: How long can the positive effects of a cervical facet joint nerve block diagnostic test last before retreatment (been 1 month now)?

Facet block: Most patients report a benefit lasting 1-3 months although some patients report longer benefit. Benefits in the cervical paraspinals are limited compared to lumbar intra-articular facet blocks. ...Read more

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I had 3 cervical facet joint injection yesterday. Is it normal for my neck to have extreme pain and stiffness? What to do for the pain?

I had 3 cervical facet joint injection yesterday. Is it normal for my neck to have extreme pain and stiffness? What to do for the pain?

Normal: If it does not resolve in a week, call your doctor to see what options you may have regarding this increased pain. Although uncommon, it can happen and usually will go away on its own. You could try taking some Anti-inflammory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen) round the clock for the next few days and even ice the area 20min on and 20 min off. ...Read more

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Pain Management: Had a cervical facet joint nerve block that worked! Dr. now offers me a facet joint denervation that lasts longer. Should I do it?

Discuss pros & cons: Radiofrequency denervation can have longer lasting effects than nerve block injections. Adverse effects are uncommon and include the possibility of an increase in pain or permanent neurological problems (numbness, weakness). Discuss the risks, benefits, and your concerns with a pain management specialist. http://asipp.org/documents/Cohenetal2FactorsPredictingSuccessandFaiure.pdf ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l5/s1 worse on right side had cortisone & nerve block injections but pain is getting worse?

I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l5/s1 worse on right side had cortisone & nerve block injections but pain is getting worse?

Platelet Rich Plasma: PRP is an offered treatment that has shown good success however is considered experimental at this time. The basic theory is it helps to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint using your own platelets/growth factors and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. As far as I know its safer than steroid injection. Pretty cool stuff. Check out regenexx.com ...Read more

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Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain mang 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help, sugg?

Injections: If you have many causes for back pain, it may be harder for these injections to work. Sometimes we give these injections to find the source of most of your pain. Like if you had relief from the facet blocks but not an epidural than we would know most of your pain is from the facet joints. You need to be careful not to have too many injections though. You can always get a second opinion. ...Read more

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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


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