Facet Arthropathy

What is Facet Arthropathy? Facet arthropathy is a degenerative condition affecting the facet joints in the spine. These joints help the spine move, and their degeneration can cause stiffness, pain, and inflammation.

Common Treatments:

  1. Conservative: Physical therapy to maintain joint mobility, heat therapy, and weight management.
  2. Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers.
  3. Minimally Invasive Injections: Facet joint injections to reduce inflammation and pain.


  1. Q: Can facet arthropathy be reversed?
    A: While the degeneration can't be reversed, symptoms can be managed effectively with a physiatrist's care.
  2. Q: What activities should I avoid with facet arthropathy?
    A: Heavy lifting and high-impact activities may worsen symptoms; a physiatrist can provide personalized advice.
  3. Q: How often are facet joint injections needed?
    A: The frequency varies by individual and severity; regular consultations with a physiatrist will guide treatment.

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