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What should you do for facet joint arthritis pain?

What should you do for facet joint arthritis pain?

Facet Treatments: May help depending on your pain issue. Facet injections are helpful and can be long-lasting, however if your get short lived relief you may need to get evaluated for a radiofrequency ablation for longer lasting relief (greater than 1 year of relief is typical). ...Read more

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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


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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

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What to do if I have a 'lumbar facet joint radiofrequency denervation'?

What to do if I have a 'lumbar facet joint radiofrequency denervation'?

Generally Good: 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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When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

When you have done: all conservative care like exercise/physical therapy and medications are not helping. Also you may want to consider this especially if you have to use narcotic pain medications to get relief. ...Read more

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I have facet joint arthritis, but want to try 4 a baby. Will this do more damage?

I have facet joint arthritis, but want to try 4 a baby. Will this do more damage?

No: more damage? No .... but your "new pregnant posture" may aggravate the condition and be uncomfortable .... start working on your posture and CORE ahead of time and continue both postural awareness and exercise thru the pregnancy - you will most likely need to give this condition/situation should energy and attention to decrease/control the issue during and after (baby care is hard not he back al ...Read more

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Can clicking your bones and joints really give you arthritis?

Can clicking your bones and joints really give you arthritis?

It does not.: Relatively benign. Popping caused by the release of gas inside the joint, may be annoying to a listener, bad will not hurt the one cracking away! ...Read more

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If I have facet joint injections and they work short term what next? How bad do you have to be to get surgery?

If I have facet joint injections and they work short term what next? How bad do you have to be to get surgery?

If you get relief: From facet joint injections then you can have another injection called a medial branch block , which if the same relief is provided, then you would be a candidate for radio frequency lesioning or rhizotomy for longer term relief. Surgery is reserved for those who fail comprehensive non op rx and have a surgical indication ie.: something that can have a reasonable degree of good surgical outcome. ...Read more

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What do you look for in grading si joint damage?

What do you look for in grading si joint damage?

Excellent radiologst: The sacroiliac (SI) joint has several unique anatomical features that make it 1 of the more challenging joints to image.The joint is difficult to profile well on radiographic views,& thus the radiographic findings of sacroiliitis are often equivocal.CT images can usually show the findings of sacroiliitis & osteoarthritis earlier than radiographs. MRI performed with proper sequences is excellent. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why do your joints crack after you sprain them?

Could use expert help with why do your joints crack after you sprain them?

Exact reason is unk-: Nown. It doesn't happen in everyone who has had injury to a ligament. Some people are just able to crack their joints. ...Read more

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How do you increase flexibility if you are suffering from joint stiffness?

How do you increase flexibility if you are suffering from joint stiffness?

Keep slowly trying: Yoga and pilates under the right circumstances are very good at improving flexibilty with all types of people with joint stiffness. Pool excercises are probably as good or better. ...Read more

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What can you do for loose knee joint problems?

What can you do for loose knee joint problems?

It depends on cause: "loose" knee joint can indicate ligament, meniscus, or arthritis problem. It may be due to muscle atrophy as well. It should be evaluated by an orthopedist or rheumatologist, especially if it is causing instability or falling. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose facet joint syndrome?

How do you diagnose facet joint syndrome?

With difficulty: This is a diagnosis doctors disagree about. Mri and ct may show degeneration (aging, arthritis) of the small joints behind the disk and nerve channel. In some people this is painless. In some folks they may be a source of pain. Injection of medication (anesthetic or cortisone like) into the joint or around the small nerve supplying the joint is viewed by some as evidence of facet joint syndrome. ...Read more

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Do you know if aching in thumb joint always means arthritis?

Do you know if aching in thumb joint always means arthritis?

Not always: could be ligament sprain as well. See sport medicine doctor to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Someone i know has a degenerative disc between L5 and s1 and arthritis in facet joints there. Any help besides fusion and meds? Please help. Thank you

Someone i know has a degenerative disc between L5 and s1 and arthritis in facet joints there. Any help besides fusion and meds? Please help. Thank you

Facet pain and DDD: Degenerative changes occur in the spine like wrinkles to skin. Most do not need surgery. Nsaid's, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, pilates/yoga/piyo are non-medical options. Mckenzie pt is a great program, but requires a doc's rx. Bracing can help pain in some patients, but is expensive. Tens is a glorified heating pad, but if it helps there is no harm. Look for a diam investigation site. ...Read more

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How do you deal with spinal arthritis?

How do you deal with spinal arthritis?

Spinal arthritis: The neurologist usually orders spine mris and EMG testing. Anti-inflammatories help; various radiculopathic and antispasmodic medicines may help, and even epidural injections may help. ...Read more

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Do all joints have a joint capsule?

Do all joints have a joint capsule?

No: A synovial joint has a capsule surrounding it. These are joints like the shoulder, knee, hip and many many others. There are also fibrous joints (like the sutures in the skull) and cartilaginous joints (like where the ribs meet the sternum). Each of these kinds of joints have numerous subtypes as well. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose bilateral facet arthropathy?

How do you diagnose bilateral facet arthropathy?

Facet Arthropathy: These 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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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