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Facet Joints Do For You
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have inflammation in your joints, does that mean that you absolutely have arthritis? And do constantly popping joints mean arthritis?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Synovial joints: Pivot joints synovial small.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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