Facet Arthropathy: a cause of Back Pain

Patient

Q: What can cause facets osteoarthropathy

Doctor

A:    Lumbar facet arthropathy is one of the causes of chronic low back pain, but is usually not considered until conservative measures for treating low back pain (LBP) have been tried without success or an MRI confirm the diagnosis. The facet joints in the spine suffer degenerative changes or “arthritis”. This may be due to: wear and tear (that produces narrowing of the space between vertebrae and the facet joints start to rub together); previous back injury; torn spine ligaments; disc problems. With time, bone spurs may develop and the cartilage may also suffer deterioration.

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