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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


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I am a distance runner training for a marathon. When bending yesterday, I began suffering acute lumbar facet syndrome. How long til I can run again?

I am a distance runner training for a marathon. When bending yesterday, I began suffering acute lumbar facet syndrome. How long til I can run again?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. Hard to say when you can start running, usually when pain has subsided. ...Read more

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Please explain simply what Facet Syndrome of Lumbar Spine means?

Please explain simply what Facet Syndrome of Lumbar Spine means?

Pain: There is a left and right facet at each vertebral level of the spine. These joints allow motion of the spine. If they get injured or get diseased with aging they can become painful giving someone back pain. Injections and blocks can help this kind of facet pain syndrome. ...Read more

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Can oral prednisone help with acute lumbar facet syndrome pain?

Can oral prednisone help with acute lumbar facet syndrome pain?

A bandage?: May provide transient relief, assuming the diagnosis is correct. If you have pain bending backward, the diagnosis is likely. Facet arthitis is caused by degenerative arthitis of the facet joints. Better options are nsaids and exercise! ...Read more

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Lumbar facet syndrome, what can be done is there surgery to fix it. Causes pain down to my foot. Always at a 4 or 5 on the pain scale.

Lumbar facet syndrome, what can be done is there surgery to fix it. Causes pain down to my foot. Always at a 4 or 5 on the pain scale.

Physical therapy: Physical therapy is the place to start once you have had a good evaluation. You'd be amazed at how much improvement you can get from the targeted exercises and strengthening you learn from a physical therapist. Ask for a referral from your back specialist. ...Read more

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Lumbar facet syndrome on left side. Small rounds lumps that are movable in same area. What are they? Spine also has bump I can feel in bone.

Lumbar facet syndrome on left side. Small rounds lumps that are movable in same area. What are they? Spine also has bump I can feel in bone.

Facets: The lumbar facets are deep in the back on the lateral portion of the spine. They can not usually be felt . What you do feel may be some isolated areas of spasm. If the bump you feel is in the center it is the spinous process of the vertebrae which sticks out and I'd readily felt ...Read more

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How long does it take prednisone to work for lumbar facet syndrome? Hurts to lean back or walk. Back went out two days ago, started prednisone today.

How long does it take prednisone to work for lumbar facet syndrome? Hurts to lean back or walk. Back went out two days ago, started prednisone today.

Not the standard Rx : We don't use oral Prednisone to treat the lumbar facet disease. It is a type of osteoarthritis or wear and tear arthritis. Sometimes we can inject the facet joint. Your best treatment is physical therapy also. ...Read more

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Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post surgery?

Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post  surgery?

Possibly: There is nothing about a laminectomy that should precipitate facet pain/arthritis. But patietns with spinal stenosis who require laminectomy often have multiple back issues including facet arthritis. There could be scarring after surgery causing some pain but typically you would have some leg pain as well. After completing pt and core exercises, facet pain can easily be tested with an injeciton. ...Read more

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How many have had lumbar facet injections?

How many have had lumbar facet injections?

Was more common..: Less common today, since some studies cast doubt on serious benefitss. In my experience they appeared to help. However, their is no coding specific for facet blocks, so that doctors can bill. These are called cpt codes and facet injection was removed 1/1/11. Nonetheless, a common procedure, which if done properly will not hurt. ...Read more

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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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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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What is the definition or description of: lumbar facet injection?

What is the definition or description of: lumbar facet injection?

Easy: A lumbar facet injection is a procedure that involves directing a thin needle into a lumbar facet joint with the guidance of fluoroscopy (x-ray). Corticosteroids (such as depo-medrol or kenalog) plus a local anesthetic is injected.

As a physiatry spine specialist, i typically only perform these on patients with newer facet joint pain, or those that need quick pain relief. ...Read more

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What's the next step after a lumbar facet injection if it doesn't work?

What's the next step after a lumbar facet injection if it doesn't work?

Hard to say: Depends 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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What are the side effects of having lumbar facet injections two weeks apart?

Lumbar facets: Many times the injections are done with deferent medications to rule out a placebo effect There are no real side effects past infection unless a lot of steroid is used the the side effects would be steroid related possible increased blood sugar ...Read more

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Is the lumbar facet rhizotomy a risky thing to do?

FACET RHIZOTOMY: A lumbar facet rhizotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that can, when successful, relieve back or neck pain caused by facet joints. Risky?
All surgical procedures are risky, especially when done along the spinal nerves. Ask your doctor about the risks you are worried about. Best luck. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the facets in the lumbar spine?

I was wondering what are the facets in the lumbar spine?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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What lumbar facet injection and epidural injection used for?And what is the defferent

What lumbar facet injection and epidural injection used for?And what is the defferent

Different Areas: Facet injections are used for typical whiplash and arthritic pain that emanates from the facet joint in the spine which is in the back of spine. The epidural steroid injection can help with the same, however typically is used to treat the spinal nerve pain that is due to spinal stenosis or herniated disk that is pinching the exiting spinal nerve(s) which is in the front of spine area. ...Read more

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Lumbar media branch vs facet joint?

Lumbar media branch vs  facet joint?

Depends: Where they inject and how much relief you get depends on what is causing the pain. Discuss this with your pain mgmt doctor. ...Read more

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Where is a lumbar facet injection usually done? At a hospital?

Pain Dr's office: Injections into the facet joints of the spine are usually done in the pain dr's office or wherever he usually does injections. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a facet lumbar not to be done due the blood pressure bring too high?

Is it normal for a facet lumbar not to be done due the blood pressure bring too high?

If Steroid: Was gonna be used for the injection, your blood pressure becomes an issue. Steroid medication can raise your blood pressure, so if its too high already than you may be at risk for a stroke due to raising the blood pressure even more. If you are not optimized on your blood pressure medication, talk with your PCP about how to fix this. Once controlled you should be able to get the injection. ...Read more

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4 lumbar facet injection 4 weeks ago. No pain in this area prior. Now have soreness in area of injection in center lower back, Is this normal?

 4 lumbar facet injection 4 weeks ago. No pain in this area prior. Now have soreness in area of injection in center lower back,  Is this normal?

Low back pain : Yes. Sometimes the injections can irritate the nerves, muscles and joints. Try moist heat and stretching the back in the morning. Apply ice to the back at night. A low profile back brace may help relieve the pain too. If the pain persists then see a neurosurgeon. ...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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What are the outcomes of lumbar facet rhizotomy? What percentage of people get relief? What are the risks? Do people end up worse afterward?

What are the outcomes of lumbar facet rhizotomy? What percentage of people get relief? What are the risks? Do people end up worse afterward?

Varies: The results vary tremendously and proper patient selection is critical. To be a good candidate, you would have to have had complete relief in your pain from a facet injection, indicating the pain is indeed coming from the facet. It is a fairly safe procedure. Some literature suggests it can help while other articles say it works no better than a placebo. Thank you, . ...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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Can you tell me what the following means. Facet arthropathy is in the lumbar spine. I have lower adobomen pain?

Can you tell me what the following means. Facet arthropathy is in the lumbar spine. I have lower adobomen pain?

Arthritis: Facet arthroplasty is degenerative changes in the spine usually due to aging. It should have nothing to do with abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Why would lumbar facet steroid injections work but when i did the medial branch block to see if a rhizotomy would help, it did nothing?

Why would lumbar facet steroid injections work but when i did the medial branch block  to see if  a rhizotomy would  help, it  did nothing?

Muscle pain: Often the lumbar paraspinal musculature can also be the issue. Because the facet joint helped it suggests that the steroid actually improved pain where as the anesthetic only mbb didn't. The other question is that are their other structures that could cause pain like disc, annular tears, muscles, etc. ...Read more

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Woke up one morning with terrible low back and right hip pain. Have had a facet block, tpi's and a lumbar epidural, no help. What is next?

Woke up one morning with terrible low back and right hip pain.  Have had a facet block, tpi's and a lumbar epidural, no help.  What is next?

Diagnosis: Still neded a diagnosis negative blocks rule out suspects not nerve not facet frim injection results consider muscular read sarno back book for more info ...Read more

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Mri findings of lumbar report: moderate left neural forminal encroachment predominantly secondary to facet arthrosis. Please explain. Thank you?

Mri findings of lumbar report: moderate left neural forminal encroachment predominantly secondary to facet arthrosis. Please explain. Thank you?

Low back pain: The MRI findings that you describe are arthritis of the low back. There may be some pain radiating into the left hip and down the leg (sciatica) due to the overgrowth of the facet joint impinging on the nerve root. See a neurosurgeon to evaluate and treat the low back pain. ...Read more

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What conditions are Bilateral Lumbar Facet Steroid Injections used for vs. an epidural steroid injection? which would be ordered 1st for DDD pain?

DDD: Strictly for back pain with radicular symptoms down the legs. One would probably consider facet joint injections first as they are both therapeutic and diagnostic. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more