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Doctor insights on: Sclerosis Of The Facet Joints

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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What role do facet joints play?

What role do facet joints play?

Importent function: The facet joints allow the vertebrae to move against each other, providing stability and flexibility. These joints allow us to twist and to bend forward and backward, and from side to side. Each vertebra has two sets of facet joints. One pair faces upward to connect with the vertebra above and the other pair faces downward to join with the vertebra below. ...Read more

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I have heard of "facet joints" causing back pain. What is this?

I have heard of "facet joints" causing back pain. What is this?

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. Epidural injections are also helpful to reduce inflammation into the spinal canal area or around the spinal nerve roots exiting the spine. ...Read more

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Do spinal facet joints ever heal after injured? If yes, is full recovery possible?

Do spinal facet joints ever heal after injured? If yes, is full recovery possible?

Yes: They heal but some residual arthritis may result. This situation can be overcome and spine health restored and maintained by regular EXERCISE strengthening the muscles on either side of the spine! Your Primary Care Provider can lead you in the right direction and perhaps order some PHYSICAL THERAPY after which HOME EXERCISES will maintain a HEALTHY SPINE!

Hope this helps!
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What happens when the facet joints in your low back hurt? Where are they located in your back?

What happens when the facet joints in your low back hurt? Where are they located in your back?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate and limits extension and rotation of that spinal segment. You have facet joints at every level of your spine from your neck to your low back. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Would NSLBP originating from the facet joints show up on an MRI (Already done)? It leaves him in 9/10 pain daily even with MST & all of the other drugs

Would NSLBP originating from the facet joints show up on an MRI (Already done)? It leaves him in 9/10 pain daily even with MST & all of the other drugs

Not likely: If there is edema at the facet joints, the NSLBP would likely be originating from there, however, if the MRI is normal, the facet joints would not likely be causing your pain ...Read more

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Where are facet joints in the body?

Where are facet joints in the body?

Part of the spine: They are small joints found at almost every level of the spine located at each disc level, one on the right and one on the left in the back part or posterior part of the spine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are facet joints?

Can you tell me what are facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: facet joints?

What is the definition or description of: facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?

Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?

Options: 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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Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

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 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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Why will my strained facet joints not heal? It's been 4 months

Why will my strained facet joints not heal? It's been 4 months

Possibly: Yes 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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How do you know if joints are unstable such as facet joints and si joints?

How do you know if joints are unstable such as facet joints and si joints?

X-Rays: Pain in the joint is usually the symptoms. X-rays will show the damage to the joint, ct scan and even MRI scan will help delineate the joint and define the problem. I hope that helps. ...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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What's up doc? Is there any truth to the surgery, that they actually replace your facet joints with artificial?

What's up doc? Is there any truth to the surgery, that they actually replace your facet joints with artificial?

Artifical disk: Is an option for some patients but there are not extensive studies on facet replacement. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

Stability & support: They help support the body, bearing about 20-25% of the load of standing and walking upright. They also guide and limit movement of the spine, preventing excessive movements and giving some protection to the disks. ...Read more

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I have facet joints, acupuncture etc but is still in constant pain. Would a tens machine work?

I have facet joints, acupuncture etc but is still in constant pain. Would a tens machine work?

Facet Treatments: TENS machine 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 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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Dr r k raiser, seeing pain clinic and also had facet joints denveration injections in the lower back. Not worked. I live in the UK. What else is there?

Facet Denervation: Facet denervation does not work for every patient with painful facets. They tend to be most effective in individuals who have had a good result from facet injections first, providing a similar but longer lasting result. One reason facet denervation doesn't work sometimes is that the pain is coming from other areas in addition to the facet. ...Read more

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What could cause grinding in low back? Worse if I let muscles relax. Degenerated facet joints at l3/4 could that be cause? It is disgusting and hurts.

What could cause grinding in low back? Worse if I let muscles relax. Degenerated facet joints at l3/4 could that be cause? It is disgusting and hurts.

Yes: Degeneration of the cartilage in the facet joints is among the most common cause of crackling and popping in the neck and back. When the spine is healthy, the cartilage surfaces are smooth and the ligaments tight. When the cartilage wears down it is no longer smooth causing what is known as crepitance, which is a grinding of the two uneven sides of the joint. ...Read more

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I been suffering frm facet joints sprain on the left of my whole spine caused by mckenzie excersie when I heared lots of pops two months ago. Curable?

I been suffering frm facet joints sprain on the left of my whole spine caused by mckenzie excersie when I heared lots of pops two months ago. Curable?

Low back pain: Muscular strains of the back and ligamentous strains resolve with rest and time in most cases. If pain has persisted for two months it may be something else and you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Have loose/tore ligaments in l5/s1 facet joints. Will they heal? Could prolotherapy help? Does it heal ligaments completely? I'm just 22 need help

Have loose/tore ligaments in l5/s1 facet joints. Will they heal? Could prolotherapy help? Does it heal ligaments completely? I'm just 22 need help

Depends: If the ligaments are lax, a combination of prolotherapy and stem cell treatments can help to get them strong again. Obviously, you will need to do your part in physical therapy and exercise in order to get the best results. Look into Regenexx, they have the best system for treating these things with stem cells and have different options. They even discuss optimal medicines and foods for healing ...Read more

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Is ultrasound guidance needed when doing prolotherapy on l5s1 facet joints? The prolotherapist said he didn't need it. He has done over 300k injection

???????: Imaging (x-ray or otherwise) is mandatory for facet joints injections, no matter how many have been done (everybody's spine is different)
the very concept of facet joints prolotherapy raises questions.
In general, facet joints injections are among the most abused procedures. Make sure you really need this. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


Facet Joints (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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