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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