Facet Arthropathy Treated by Top Pain Doctors at Mercy

The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Doctors at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, work with individual patients and collaborate with other Centers at Mercy to diagnose and treat chronic back pain, also known as facet arthropathy. 

About the Condition

Facet arthropathy is the pain and discomfort associated with the spine's facet joints. This pain can be the result of trauma or arthritis caused by simple wear and tear over time. The end result for many patients is chronic back pain.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Pain is the main symptom of facet arthropathy. Patients with facet arthropathy may have lower back pain, which typically does not go to the buttocks or legs, but is worse with twisting or bending backwards. Often the pain is more noticeable after sleeping. This pain may be accompanied by stiffness and limitations in range of motion.

Pain management specialists may diagnose facet arthropathy with X-rays, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or physical exam.

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for treating facet arthropathy may include:

The doctors at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy may collaborate with other Centers of Mercy, including The Spine Center of Maryland, to develop treatment plans for patients with chronic back pain.