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Facet Joint Arthropathy rehabilitation.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM FACET JOINT ARTHROPATHY?!

The facet joints are found between the vertebrae of each segment of your spinal column. Osteoarthritis can develop in these joints and may be called facet arthropathy or facet joint osteoarthritis.

Facet arthropathy is degenerative arthritis which affects the facet joints of the spine.

Healthy Facet joints help keep the normal alignment of the vertebrae and limit motion.

Causes

Arthritis in the facet joints can develop from:

  • Wear and tear that decreases space between vertebrae causing facet joints to rub together
  • A previous back injury
  • Fractures
  • Torn ligaments
  • Disc problems

Due to the additional stress caused by these circumstances affecting the facet joints, bone spurs (also known as osteophytes) can develop and cartilage can deteriorate.

Symptoms

Pain is the main symptom associated with facet arthropathy. The pain is typically worse following sleep or rest. Pain associated with facet arthropathy may be exacerbated by twisting or bending backward. Low back pain is the most frequent complaint but it does not typically radiate down the legs or buttocksĀ unless spinal stenosis also is involved.

Facet arthropathy Treatments

Oral medication may be prescribed including:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Corticosteroids

Other treatment options include:

  • Traction
  • Strengthening and aerobic exercise
  • Spinal manipulation

When it comes to strengthening exercises, Go to our instagram page @rainhamphysiotherapycentre for more information.

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