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What is Lumbar Facet Arthtopathy

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.

Treament Options

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. Surgeons perform minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery by removing a small portion of the bone or tissue that compresses 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.


Rehabilitation for Lumbar Facet Arthropathy employs a varied approach to lessen pain, boost mobility, and improve overall function. Physical therapy takes center stage, with exercises strengthening lumbar muscles, increasing flexibility, and rectifying postural imbalances, including lower back and hip stretches and core stabilization routines.

Moreover, manual therapy methods, like joint mobilization and soft tissue massage, ease pain and enhance joint mobility. Modalities such as heat or ice therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation manage pain and inflammation. Patients receive education on proper body mechanics and ergonomics throughout the rehabilitation process to prevent lumbar facet joint strain.

The ultimate aim deems to empower individuals with Lumbar Facet Arthropathy to regain function and resume daily activities with minimal discomfort.




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