27 Oct What Exactly Is Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis?
Arthritis of the lumbar facet joints can be a source of significant low back pain. The facet joints link each vertebra together and are aligned on the back of the spinal column. Articular cartilage covers the surfaces where these joints meet. As with other joints in the body that are covered with articular cartilage, the lumbar facet joints can be affected by arthritis. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
How Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis Develops
Normally, the facet joints fit together snugly and glide smoothly, without pressure. If pressure builds where the joint meets, the cartilage on the joint surfaces wears off. As a disc thins with aging and from years of wear and tear, the space between two spinal vertebrae shrinks. This causes the facet joints to press together.
The body responds to this extra pressure by, very often, developing bone spurs. As the spurs begin to form around the edges of the facet joints, they become enlarged – this is called hypertrophy. Eventually, the joint surfaces become enlarged. The bone underneath is uncovered and rubs against bone, leaving the joint inflamed, swollen, and painful.
Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis Consultation At Integrated Pain Consultants
Pain specialists are highly trained to understand and get to the bottom of the pain you are experiencing. There are many options in treating lumbar facet joint arthritis. From resting on a firm mattress and working through anti-inflammatory meds to injections and even surgery, there is a method of treatment that can help alleviate your pain.
At Integrated Pain Consultants we will do just that. We will thoroughly evaluate your back pain situation and lead you to find the appropriate pain solution for you. Contact Integrated Pain Consultants for your private consultation at (480) 626-2552.