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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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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


Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Where are facet joints in the body?

Where are facet joints in the body?

Part of the spine: They are small joints found at almost every level of the spine located at each disc level, one on the right and one on the left in the back part or posterior part of the spine. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can you tell me what are facet joints?

Can you tell me what are facet joints?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

Stability & support: They help support the body, bearing about 20-25% of the load of standing and walking upright. They also guide and limit movement of the spine, preventing excessive movements and giving some protection to the disks. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: facet joints?

What is the definition or description of: facet joints?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?

Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?

Options: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. 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. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is advanced hypertrophic change of the facet joints?

What is advanced hypertrophic change of the facet joints?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause the clicking with pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radio frequency ablation would be helpful for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Why will my strained facet joints not heal? It's been 4 months

Why will my strained facet joints not heal? It's been 4 months

Possibly: Yes 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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Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Dr. Rajendra Tripathi Dr. Tripathi
Orthopedic Surgery
41 years in practice
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
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How do you know if joints are unstable such as facet joints and si joints?

How do you know if joints are unstable such as facet joints and si joints?

X-Rays: Pain in the joint is usually the symptoms. X-rays will show the damage to the joint, ct scan and even MRI scan will help delineate the joint and define the problem. I hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz Dr. Lebowitz
Anti-Aging Medicine
20 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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What role do facet joints play?

What role do facet joints play?

Importent function: The facet joints allow the vertebrae to move against each other, providing stability and flexibility. These joints allow us to twist and to bend forward and backward, and from side to side. Each vertebra has two sets of facet joints. One pair faces upward to connect with the vertebra above and the other pair faces downward to join with the vertebra below. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have heard of "facet joints" causing back pain. What is this?

I have heard of "facet joints" causing back pain. What is this?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Epidural injections are also helpful to reduce inflammation into the spinal canal area or around the spinal nerve roots exiting the spine. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Do spinal facet joints ever heal after injured? If yes, is full recovery possible?

Do spinal facet joints ever heal after injured? If yes, is full recovery possible?

Yes: they heal but some residual arthritis may result. This situation can be overcome and spine health restored and maintained by regular EXERCISE strengthening the muscles on either side of the spine! Your Primary Care Provider can lead you in the right direction and perhaps order some PHYSICAL THERAPY after which HOME EXERCISES will maintain a HEALTHY SPINE! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What happens when the facet joints in your low back hurt? Where are they located in your back?

What happens when the facet joints in your low back hurt? Where are they located in your back?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate and limits extension and rotation of that spinal segment. You have facet joints at every level of your spine from your neck to your low back. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrit Singh Dr. Singh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Government Medical College, Patiala
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Dr. Bradford Winans Dr. Winans
Radiology
24 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Would NSLBP originating from the facet joints show up on an MRI(Already done)? It leaves him in 9/10 pain daily even with MST & all of the other drugs

Would NSLBP originating from the facet joints show up on an MRI(Already done)? It leaves him in 9/10 pain daily even with MST & all of the other drugs

Not likely: If there is edema at the facet joints, the NSLBP would likely be originating from there, however, if the MRI is normal, the facet joints would not likely be causing your pain ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Treatments for hypertrophy flavum in facet joints ?

Treatments for hypertrophy flavum in facet joints ?

You may need: facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation and even things like platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy or even stem cell therapies. Try to find a physician that does all of these to get the most options for treatment for you. ...Read more

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Facet Joints (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


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