Facet Arthropathy is a recurrent low back and neck disorder that inflicts severe disability on patients. Facet joints connect the vertebral bodies to one another. When these joints become arthritic, they become painful and cause back pain. Symptoms are:
• Severe lower back pain
• Pain worsens when standing or twisting or bending forward
• Bone spurs
• Spinal stenosis
• Numbness and weakness in legs and buttocks
HOW IS FACET ARTHROPATHY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of facet arthropathy is done by X-rays, CAT scans, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Another procedure which is more specific involves performing a guided injection using a fluoroscope. Medicine and dye are injected for further diagnosis.
HOW IS FACET ARTHROPATHY TREATED?
Besides medicines, doctors treat the Facet Arthropathy by prescribing oral medication, water therapy, spinal manipulation, and other such treatments. In severe cases of Facet Arthropathy, doctors resort to surgical options to treat Facet Arthropathy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mostly people belonging to the age group of 50 years and above are affected by this condition.