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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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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 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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Mild scoliosis; grade 1 spondylolisthesis l5-s1; l4-5 prom l paracentral disc extrusion; mild ligamentous & facet hypertrophy. Treatments?

Mild scoliosis; grade 1 spondylolisthesis l5-s1; l4-5 prom l paracentral disc extrusion; mild ligamentous & facet hypertrophy. Treatments?

Depends: Most disks get better within 6 months with pt and conservative treatment, assuming that the disk is even related to the pain. Keep an eye on spondy to make sure it's stable. If you develop instability surgery may be in order. ...Read more

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What is a ligament?

What is a ligament?

Ligament : A ligament is a band of fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone. It is different from tendon, which connect muscle to bone. Ligaments cannot contract but are usually present to stabilize joints. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is ligament tear?

Ligamentous injury: Generally traumatic injury to the ligaments. Strong connective tissue which attach one bone to another bone. If there is a "tear" this is a grade 3 or complete disruption of this tissue. ...Read more

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What are lax ligaments?

Synonymous w/ loose: Lax is short for laxity. Lax ligaments are describing ligaments that are loose and have increased laxity. There is a spectrum of laxity that is normal within all joints. Some people are looser or tighter than others. If one has no symptoms or limitations, no treatment or remedy is warranted. If pain or instability is present, the increased laxity is said to be abnormal (pathologic or patholaxity). ...Read more

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Can a torn ligament heal?

Can a torn ligament heal?

Yes: Soft tissues like ligaments can heal on their own, usually in 3-6 weeks, however they may need to be immobilized or protected while healing and rehabilitated after healing. ...Read more

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What makes a torn ligament better?

What makes a torn ligament better?

Depends: Some ligaments will heal on their own but others will need a surgical correction. Discuss your injury with an orthopedic surgeon to determine this. ...Read more

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How should I treat a torn ligament?

How should I treat a torn ligament?

Ligament dependent: Not all ligaments or degrees of ligament injury are treated the same. Some ligament injuries require simple supportive care (rest, ice, compression, elevation- rice). Others may benefit from a course of bracing. Still others may mandate surgical repair or reconstruction. Pending initial evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider, rice combined with immobilization is a safe plan of action. ...Read more

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How to make a torn ligament better?

How to make a torn ligament better?

Rest, brace: Most torn ligaments that do not require surgery are treated with resting the ligaments and nearby joint combined with a period of immobilization- a cast or brace. Rehab exercises once the ligaments have stabilized can also promote recovery. Occasionally, regenerative injections such as prolotherapy or platelet-rich plasma injections can be used to stimulate healing. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more