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Best way to treat facet osteoarthritis on my l2-l3, l3-l4, l4-l5 & l5-s1 discs?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise

With the more levels involved, the less likely surgery will help so exercise, weight control, smoking cessation- if applicable -can help.
Avoid prolonged positions like standing or sitting that will aggravate the symptoms. Use of tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti-inflammatory medication can benifit as long as there is no medical reason not to use them. Pain management may help- facet blocks, etc..

In brief: Exercise

With the more levels involved, the less likely surgery will help so exercise, weight control, smoking cessation- if applicable -can help.
Avoid prolonged positions like standing or sitting that will aggravate the symptoms. Use of tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti-inflammatory medication can benifit as long as there is no medical reason not to use them. Pain management may help- facet blocks, etc..
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No simple treatment

Yours is a complex problem with many levels being affected.
Therefore, a global way to help is weight loss and no smoking. There are facet injections which can help some. Glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate may help also. There are so many levels involved, it will be best to remain active with a flexibility exercise also such as yoga. Your local specialist may have some other recommendations.

In brief: No simple treatment

Yours is a complex problem with many levels being affected.
Therefore, a global way to help is weight loss and no smoking. There are facet injections which can help some. Glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate may help also. There are so many levels involved, it will be best to remain active with a flexibility exercise also such as yoga. Your local specialist may have some other recommendations.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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