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What is lumbar facet arthropathy?

What is  lumbar facet arthropathy?

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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What causes facet joint arthropathy?

What causes facet joint arthropathy?

Age and/or injury: Usually with age, facet joint degenerative changes occur as the discs become degenerative and narrow in height it alters the mechanics of the facet joints at the same levels. Injury to the joints and obesity which can overload the joints can lead to facet joint arthropathy or degeneration. Exercise may be protective. ...Read more

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What is multilevel facet degenerative hypertrophy?

What is multilevel facet degenerative hypertrophy?

Arthritis.: It is a relatively normal finding in the spine as we age. Sometimes, bone spur formation can put pressure on nearby nerves and pinch them, causing lots of pain, weakness, or numbness. If you are concerned, speak to your physician. ...Read more

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What is diffuse facet arthropathy?

What is diffuse facet arthropathy?

Facet arthropathy: The facets are the joints between the posterior parts of adjacent vertebral bodies. Diffuse facet arthropathy means generalized degenerative arthritis of these joints throughout the spin ...Read more

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What is uncovertebral joint arthropathy?

What is uncovertebral joint arthropathy?

Degenerative change: The uncovertebral joint is an interphase of adjacent cervical spine vertebrae located in either side and adjacent to the disc space and opening for the nerve root(neuroforamen). Degenerative changes of this joint is referred to as uncovertebral arthropathy. ...Read more

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Degenrative disc disease & facet joint arthropathy, what to do?

Degenrative disc disease & facet joint arthropathy, what to do?

Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical therapy can guide you in these. A rehabilitation specialist or spinal specialist can also guide you. ...Read more

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What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

What does multilevel ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet arthropathy mean?

Degenerative changes: OBernstein,

These are descriptive terms usually found in an MRI or CT report to characterize the condition of your spine. The ligamentum flavum helps connect spinal segments and overlies the spinal cord. The facet joints are in the posterior portion of the spinal column and can show degenerative changes like all other joints in the body. Facet joint issues are a common cause of back pain. ...Read more

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What does multilevel facet arthropathy mean?

What does multilevel facet arthropathy mean?

Arthritis : Facet arthropathy is arthritis at multiple levels. 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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What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis  L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

Spinal column joints: The uncovertebral joints occur between the uncinate process of the vertebra above and the uncus of the vertbra below in the cervical spinal column (C3-C7). The facet joints stabilize the spinal motion segment, protecting it from excessive anterior shear forces and flexion and rotation. Arthrosis in this context likely refers to mild "wear and tear" changes in the joints, probably from age. ...Read more

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What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake" mean?

What do "broad based posterior spurring", "disc osteophyte complex" "mod. bilateral foraminal narrowing" degenerative endplate uptake"  mean?

OSTEOARTHRITIS: "DEGENERATIVE" arthritis (Wear and Tear) of the spine is most likely the reason for these x ray findings!~ There is treatment Consult with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Can a unilateral pars fracture and facet arthrosis w/hypertrophy cause spondylisthesis?

Can a unilateral pars fracture and facet arthrosis w/hypertrophy cause spondylisthesis?

Potentially : A spondylolisthesis refers to a condition in which one vertebrae shifts forward on another. There are multiple potential causes. One cause can be degenerative, as noted in the degenerative changes in your facet joint. Another type is called "isthmic" which requires a bilateral pars defect to occur. ...Read more

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Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Can be: ? Whether cervical scoliosis, arthritis & lumbar DDD are related to fibromyalgia, FM. One of the multiple co-factors seemingly co-causal of FM is global muscle atrophy & weakness, leading to widespread myalgia & tender points in spastic muscles repetitively stressed/injured by gravitational forces. Painful skeletal derangements can incite sedentariness with loss of muscle mass/tone. Gravity Rules. ...Read more

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What is mutli-level facet joint osteoarthritis?

What is mutli-level facet joint osteoarthritis?

Just what it says: It is osteoarthritis of the facet joints of the spine. These joints help to connect the vertebral bodies. ...Read more

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Is this serious? Hypertrophic degenerative findings of endplates and lower lumbar facet joints bilaterally

Is this serious?
Hypertrophic degenerative findings of endplates and lower lumbar facet joints bilaterally

Osteoarthritis: These findings indicate the presence of osteoarthritis of the spine caused by wear and tear and this is a common disorder of the spine. This is not a life threatening condition although chronic back discomfort may be seen from the osteoarthritis. Morning back stiffness is a common complaint with degenerative arthritis of the spine. ...Read more

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How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebral spurs are noted. The latter phenomenon, referred to most accurately as spondylosis deformans, is asymptomatic. It may be associated with disc disease, but disc damage does not necessarily cause pain. ...Read more

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Whats bilateral lumbar facet injection?

Whats bilateral lumbar facet injection?

For Back Pain: Lumbar facet injections are meant to be diagnostic and not therapeutic to see if the facets are the cause of back pain. They should always be done under fluoroscopic guidance and pain always should be recorded on a scale for 6 hours following the procedure. If greater than 50% relief for at least six hours this proves facet mediated pain and a rhizotomy may be indicated for longer lasting relief. ...Read more

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Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Mri: moderate disc protrusion l5,annular tear,moderate facet joint hypertrophy entire lumbar spine,grade1 spondylolisthsis l5,L1L2 and L5S1 spur, bad?

Depends on symptoms: Multiple level degenerative changes at a young age need careful disgnostics and evaluation. Need to know target symptoms, these findings can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

Anatomy: Not enough space here to write. If you google these things, you will find nice pictures to explain it all. Foramen is the "hole" in the bone where your nerve roots exit. Facets are the joints that hold vertebrae together. Ligamentum flavum is a ligament within the bones that runs down the spinal canal. All of these problems you mention can lead to back pain and nerve related pain. ...Read more