Facet arthropathy – which means disease or abnormality of the facet joints – is a spinal condition which causes pain and discomfort as the result of degeneration and arthritis of the facet joints.
WHAT IS FACET ARTHROPATHY?
For those suffering from facet arthropathy, it is likely the result of other spinal conditions that may be contributing to the symptoms. For example, a common symptom of facet arthropathy is lower back pain that is confined to a particular point in the spine. Additionally, as the facet joints become arthritic and are causing these symptoms, they can also often develop bone spurs which can contribute to the development of spinal stenosis – both of which have both similar and unique symptoms.
Wondering if you might be suffering from facet arthropathy? Take our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
WHO CAN GET FACET ARTHROPATHY?
Initial treatment of facet joint disease involves resting affected joints, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections. Unfortunately, if these treatments only prove to be short-term solutions, surgery may be recommended as an option to permanently relieve the pain of facet arthropathy. This option is typically only considered when there is evidence of an underlying spinal condition or disorder that needs to be treated with surgery.
If you suspect you have facet arthropathy, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.