LUMBAR FACET ARTHROPATHY
Lumbar facet arthropathy causes pain and discomfort in the lower back due to inflammation of the facet joints. The treatment for lumbar facet arthropathy typically begins with conservative measures such as rest, physical therapy, and over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. A doctor may also recommend spinal injections, such as corticosteroids or nerve blocks, to help reduce pain and inflammation.
If conservative treatments do not provide adequate relief, a doctor may recommend more invasive treatments such as radio-frequency ablation or minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery. Radio-frequency ablation involves using heat to destroy the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals in the facet joints. Minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery involves removing a small portion of the bone or tissue that is pressing on the nerve roots in the spinal canal. Consult with a doctor to determine the best course of treatment for the patient’s specific condition and to discuss the potential risks and benefits of each treatment option.