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How to relieve pain in lower back due to facet joint problems?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
9 doctors agree

In brief: Several ways

We start with anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication, if did not help we move to steroids by mouth or injection under fluoroscopy and the last resort is surgery.

In brief: Several ways

We start with anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication, if did not help we move to steroids by mouth or injection under fluoroscopy and the last resort is surgery.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Facet Treatments

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).

In brief: Facet Treatments

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).
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Facet Follies

Facet arthropathy, or vertebral arthritis, is a challenging condition to manage, but not impossible.
Relief comes primarily with strengthening the supporting structures around these joints. In doing so you can relieve positional pain. The difficulty with complete relief is due to the fact the spine is mobile. Fusion of involved vertebra also helps, but stresses the joints above/below the area.

In brief: Facet Follies

Facet arthropathy, or vertebral arthritis, is a challenging condition to manage, but not impossible.
Relief comes primarily with strengthening the supporting structures around these joints. In doing so you can relieve positional pain. The difficulty with complete relief is due to the fact the spine is mobile. Fusion of involved vertebra also helps, but stresses the joints above/below the area.
Dr. Joseph De santi
Dr. Joseph De santi
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple options

Many treatment options for facet issues.
Medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, facet joint injections under fluoroscopic guidance and acupuncture are some options. Candidly, it's not easy for physicians to reliably predict what patients will favorably respond to which of these options.

In brief: Multiple options

Many treatment options for facet issues.
Medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, facet joint injections under fluoroscopic guidance and acupuncture are some options. Candidly, it's not easy for physicians to reliably predict what patients will favorably respond to which of these options.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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