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I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

I have mild lumbar hypertrophic disease in the facet joints with ligamentum flavum thickening. Will it progress or can it be reversed?

Progressive: This is a progressive condition. It is unusual for a 27 years old to develop significant degenerative disease. There may be mechanical factors like scoliosis, leg length discrepency or abnormalities of the joints of the lower limbs. A physiatrist or experienced physical therapist may be able to help. ...Read more

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum? Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1, lig flav thick L3-L4

What is lumbar hypertrophic disease in facet joints and thickening of the ligamentum flavum? Mild-moderate facet hypertrophy L3-S1, lig flav thick L3-L4

It means there are: Degenerative changes occurring leading to enlargement of the small joints of the spine (2at each level) along with degenerative enlargement of a ligament that connects each segment or level of the spine that could eventually lead to an overall narrowing of the spinal canal which may lead to a condition known as spinal stenosis. Smoking, being obese & a family hx of arthritis can accelerate it. ...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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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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What is facet hypertrophy?

What is facet hypertrophy?

Arthritis: The spine has disks and facet joints at each level. The disks in the front of the spine begin to wear initially. This is followed by loss of height at the disk and then the facet joints begin to wear out. The body builds bone spurs around the joint which is facet hypertrophy in an attempt to stabilize the joint. This is typical of arthritis in hips, knees, knuckles etc. ...Read more

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What is facet hypertrophy with 2 mm anterolisthesis?

What is facet hypertrophy with 2 mm anterolisthesis?

Malalignment: Degeneration of the spine occurs typically with some disk dehydration followed by facet joint enlargement (hypertrophy). In some patients this will lead to joint capsule laxity allowing the vertebrae to slide forward on the vertebrae below. This is called an anterolisthesis or spondylolisthesis. ...Read more

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What is mild facet and ligamentous hypertrophy?

What is mild facet and ligamentous hypertrophy?

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 is bilateral facet and ligamentous hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentous hypertrophy?

Facet Ligament hyper: The process of degeneration in the back part of the spinal canal. The joint (facet) breaks down and will increase (hypertrophy) in size. This is a normal aging process is most spines. If the enlargement compresses nerves, leg pain may clinically be present. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is multilevel facet hypertrophy?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is multilevel facet hypertrophy?

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 is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

What is bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy?

Degeneration: Hypertropy of the facets and ligamentum flavum refers to the expansion of these structures in the setting of degeneration. These can cause stenosis (narrowing) with compromise of the nerves going to the legs, as well as back pain. ...Read more

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What is: bony facet & uncovert hypertrophy & bony ridging, resultg in multi-level severe foraminal encroachment, most notb right c45, bilat c56 & c67?

What is: bony facet & uncovert hypertrophy & bony ridging, resultg in multi-level severe foraminal encroachment, most notb right c45, bilat c56 & c67?

Neck arthritis: This means that you have quite a bit of cervical spine arthritis. The nerves that exit from your spine going towards your shoulder and arms are being compressed due to the bony arthritic overgrowth. Some people who have this have no symptoms. Others can have severe neck pain and arm pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and muscle loss. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the causes of moderate facet joint hypertrophy?

What are the causes of moderate facet joint hypertrophy?

Aging and: Aging will lead to degeneration of the facet joints as can injury or trauma which can accelerate this process as can smoking which degenerates the discs which alters the mechanics of the spine segments creating more stresses on the facet joints leading to degeneration. Underlying rheumatologic conditions will affect these joints too. ...Read more

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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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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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Are there any meds that work to kill the paln of hypertrophic facet sclerosis? I'm to the point I can only stand for 6 minutes from pain and spasms.

Are there any meds that work to kill the paln of hypertrophic facet sclerosis? I'm to the point I can only stand for 6 minutes from pain and spasms.

Many options: If your doc has thoroughly evaluated you and is confident your pain is facet joint-related, there are several options. Oral antiinflammatories or steroids can work for acute pain. Injection of steroid is also an option and can confirm source of pain. If pain is chronic, rhizotomy may be a longterm option. See http://www. Spineuniverse. Com/treatments/pain-management/facet-rhizotomy. ...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 is facet hypertrophy l Flatten the ventral thecal sac and encroach upon the lateral recesses abutment of the traversing nerve roots?

What is facet hypertrophy l Flatten the ventral thecal sac and encroach upon the lateral recesses abutment of the traversing nerve roots?

Pain and weakness: Can result from compression of the nerves that exit at the level of the narrowing caused by bony overgrowth of the facets (the area where the vertebral bones meet) In the lumbar region the nerves exit at a higher level and "traverse" the space next to the facets below this before they exit the spinal canal at a lower level. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do about l5-s1 mild bilateral facet arthropathy & hypertrophy?

What should I do about l5-s1 mild bilateral facet arthropathy & hypertrophy?

Interventional Pain: See an interventional pain physician. Radiofrequency lesioning has good results for facet arthropathy. ...Read more

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L5 S1 Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy resulting in no significant central canal neuroforaminil stenosis. Been in pain for 10 months what can I do?

L5 S1 Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy resulting in no significant central canal neuroforaminil stenosis. Been in pain for 10 months what can I do?

Ouch!: You're young to have this, unless you're prior military or did a lot of weight-bearing. Get to your ideal body weight. Strengthen core muscles with physical therapy/Pilates. Try oral NSAIDs & consider short oral steroid burst. No opioids/narcotics - more a curse than blessing. Try a TENS unit, acupunture, tilt table, hot/cold packs & last resort facet joint steroid injections/blocks. Hang in there ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?

What does it mean when you have a Mild circumferential disc bulge, and mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy including small facet effusions. S?

Early degeneration: It is a degenerative condition that affects your spine motion segment, which consists of a disc and two facet joints at each level. When a disc ages it can lose its normal fluid content and can protrude out, this is sometimes known as degenerative disc disease and it is one of the more common causes of back pain. ...Read more

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What is mild levoscoliosis, mild ligamentum flavum and facet hypertrophy at the L5-S1 level?

What is mild levoscoliosis, mild ligamentum flavum and facet hypertrophy at the L5-S1 level?

Levoscoliosis: Is a curvature of the spine to the left. The other findings you mention are related to mild degenerative arthritis of the facet joints of the spine. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

What does hypertrophic change at the T9-T10 facets bilaterally -severe left, moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Lots of pain

Cause for back pain.: It means your main nerves coming from your spine that run through your vertebrae can be suffering of compression because overgrowth of the bony area is squeezing it/them. The pain is caused by the nerve itself that might be irritated by contact with the vertebra. Nerves transmit sensation so pain is triggered this way. F/u with your doctor to create a plan of action for treatment. ...Read more

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Explain? Mild l4-l5 facet hypertrophy. L5-s1 mild diminished signal intensity & although/annulus fissure is similar. The foramina are mildly narrowed.

Explain? Mild l4-l5 facet hypertrophy. L5-s1 mild diminished signal intensity & although/annulus fissure is similar. The foramina are mildly narrowed.

No explanation: Is needed. You basically have mild arthritic changes which are insignificant and simply as a result of time and gravity. If you have back pain it is most likely muscular because this MRI result could be found on someone who has no pain. ...Read more

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Was rear ended on Highway almost a year ago, been in severe pain since throughout my back. L5 S1 B.L. facet hypertrophy, should I get more imagestaken?

Was rear ended on Highway almost a year ago, been in severe pain since throughout my back. L5 S1 B.L. facet hypertrophy, should I get more imagestaken?

Rearended: It is very common to damage your facet joints in a rear ended collision due to extension of the joints. At your age, healing would be fast and almost complete. Physical therapy will help keep the joints mobile, but as it may be painful, facet joint injections would help you do it without pain. At your age, inflammation is more likely than degeneration, so my advise would be steroid inj. Not RF. ...Read more

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I recently had an MRI with the results facet hypertrophy at the lumbosacral junction and clips in the gull bladder fossa. Can u please explain?

I recently had an MRI with the results facet hypertrophy at the lumbosacral junction and clips in the gull bladder fossa. Can u please explain?

The facet: Joints are small joints that articulate the posterior vertebra with one another. "Facet hypertrophy" means degenerative arthritis of these joints. The lumbosacral junction is the junction between the last lumbar vertebra (L5) and the first sacral vertebra (S1). "Clips" in the gallbladder fossa means surgical clips or staples, so you must have had your gallbladder surgically removed in the past. ...Read more

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Mild facet hypertrophy, lig flav thickening L3-L4, mild facet hypertrophy L4-L5, moderate facet hypertrophy L5-S1.Will joints deteriorate more? Outlook?

Mild facet hypertrophy, lig flav thickening L3-L4, mild facet hypertrophy L4-L5, moderate facet hypertrophy L5-S1.Will joints deteriorate more? Outlook?

Spine MRI?: Facets are the "joints" between the vertebra in the spine. Facet changes refer to degenerative bone process that can be a normal part of the aging process. After a certain age we all have them, me included. ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l1/s1 worse on right side. Cortisone & nerve block injections have not worked pain is getting worse?

I have mild to moderate facet joint hypertrophy at l1/s1 worse on right side. Cortisone & nerve block injections have not worked pain is getting worse?

Maybe this is just: Not the source or only source of your symptoms. Facet joint pain at this side and level is typically localized pain that may refer to buttock & groin worse with back extension &with prolonged sitting & standing. Facet joint issues account for about 20% of primary cause of back pain so see a spine surgeon to make sure this is your problem & to see if other treatment may be in order. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally - severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

What does hypertrophic change at T9 &T10 facets bilaterally - severe left and moderate right osseous neural foraminal stenosis mean? Cat scan

Spinal stenosis: You have arthritis in the mid back (thoracic level 9/10). The joints that connect one level with the next are overgrown and compressing the spinal cord and pinching the nerves as they exit the canal. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for an examination to ensure that there is no neurological problems from this arthritis and to develop a treatment plan for pain relief. ...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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Is it normal for a 20 year old female of average build to have moderate facet arthrosis/hypertrophy of lumbar spine? What causes it so young??

Is it normal for a 20 year old female of average build to have moderate facet arthrosis/hypertrophy of lumbar spine? What causes it so young??

Yes: Yes, it is unusual. One has to look for other causes of metabolic bone disease or endocrine disease of parathyroid diabetes or malformation of the adjacent joints or vertebra. ...Read more

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Can a fall/back trauma cause djd? What is the difference between djd, sacrolitis and facet hypertrophy, osteophytes and stenosis/compression of l5-s

Can a fall/back trauma cause djd? What is the difference between djd, sacrolitis and facet hypertrophy, osteophytes and stenosis/compression of l5-s

Yes. DJD= Degenerat-: I've joint disease of a joint. Can affect any joint. If its in the back its called spondylosis; sacroiliitis= inflammation of the sacro-iliac joint, due to arthritis, injury or an infection;
facet hypertrophy= enlargement of the facet joints from arthritis; osteophytes= spurs of bone from arthritis;
stenosis= narrowing of the spine. Compression= pinching of a nerve from any cause. ...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