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.
- Conservative: Physical therapy to maintain joint mobility, heat therapy, and weight management.
- Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers.
- Minimally Invasive Injections: Facet joint injections to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Q: Can facet arthropathy be reversed?
A: While the degeneration can't be reversed, symptoms can be managed effectively with a physiatrist's care.
- 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.
- Q: How often are facet joint injections needed?
A: The frequency varies by individual and severity; regular consultations with a physiatrist will guide treatment.