Facet Arthrosis

Facet Arthrosis

Management of Facet Arthrosis Back Pain

Arthritis affects millions of people worldwide, and it comes in many forms and can be a highly degenerative diseases which often greatly  restricts the activities and lifestyle of an individual. Arthritis is a body of diseases which comes in many forms and can affect different parts of the body. One of the more serious forms of arthritis is facet arthrosis, which affects the spinal column.

The spinal column protects the spinal cord and it is surrounded by nerves which is vital in physical mobility. Our spinal column is connected by facet joints which runs from our neck down to our lower back. As we age the wear and tear process will take its toll and we will experience this form of arthritis, however the degree of severity varies from one individual to another.

There are signs and symptoms that you need to watch not for you to recognize whether it is cervical or lumbar focused arthritis. Cervical facet arthrosis manifests itself by pain in the neck radiating to the head, shoulders and arms. The pain increases and intensifies when movement of the neck occurs. While your lumbar spine arthritis targets your lower back, your thigh and your hip. Movement of the back causes pain in this type of arthritis. Both types however causes pain and tenderness on the affected areas. X-ray results will show the parts affected and further diagnostic tests will reveal the severity of the condition.

For treatment and management of facet arthrosis you need to consult your doctor and ask him for any options available and the degree of your condition. Management of this form of arthritis is usually your anti -inflammatory medications combined with rest. In some patients muscle relaxants are also prescribed to alleviate muscle spasms which sometimes occur along with pain and tenderness. One the condition has been managed the patient can slowly return to perform activities of daily living but with more caution and care. This type of management is highly effective to numerous individuals which leaves them thoroughly satisfied.

In some cases the above mentioned management may show little or no improvement in the treatment of facet arthrosis along with its symptoms and underlying cause. There are a lot of methods to try such as back exercises, physical therapy, soft tissue mobilization and even massage. These methods could help in alleviating the pain and reducing discomfort. If these methods are not effective then doctors would usually prescribe a higher grade anti-inflammatory medication which is administered on the affected area. The effects of the drug can last up to 48 hours.

Facet arthrosis could be earlier prevented by correct posture and position. Sleeping positions play a vital role in the correct alignment of your neck and your spine. That is why a firm pillow is recommended to use when sleeping. Lifting heavy objects using your back increases the severity of your condition. It is important to maintain a correct posture and position to prevent this for of arthritis from developing.

Here is some related info you may be interested in:
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Lumbar Arthrosis

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Karen Ferguson June 5, 2011

I am a 58 year old female that weighs 110 and 5″3″ tall. I have never been over weight but I think the type of work I do has caused my facet arthrosis and L5S1 disc problems. I was wondering if I continue the heavy lifting if I will become worse or should I look for another profession? I am taking infections for the pain but it is not working as well as when I started them a few years ago.

Could I become disabled if I continue on with my job?

Very concerned lady here,,,,,,Karen Ferguson

admin June 16, 2011

Hi Karen,
Repeated motions over and over, day after day can be very destructive to our spinal balance and create stress and pain, especially if your not lifting with proper form. Be sure you are using proper lifting techniques and seek the advice of your doctor about the current condition of your back. This is something that you should try to take care of as soon as possible to prevent any additional trauma to your spine.
To your success,
Meredith Walker

James robidoux November 27, 2011

I just been diagnose with severe faucet arthritis given rise to bilateral foraminal narrowing impression. My question it is affecting work tremendously. I am contemplating long term disability . What are your thoughts I cannot live with pain any longer.I have been on my job for forty years.

admin February 13, 2012

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