Facet Arthropathy (Spine Arthritis) Symptoms and Treatment

What is facet arthropathy?

Facet joints are the joints found along the spine. These joints work together with the intervertebral discs to limit motion and hold the vertebrae in proper alignment. As with any joint found in the body, the bones are lined with articular cartilage that can wear down with age. This type of arthritis is known as facet arthropathy or facet joint osteoarthritis.

What causes facet arthropathy?

Facet arthropathy, like with any case of osteoarthritis, is caused by the wearing down of articular cartilage in the joint. Many factors can speed up this process such as age, weight, previous injury, and repetitive stress on the joint.

What are the symptoms of facet arthropathy?

Facet arthropathy pain usually worsens with twisting and bending backward and can feel like a dull ache in the lower region of the back. It is not usually associated with radiating pain in the legs but facet arthropathy can cause swelling in the joints which may lead to sciatica.

What is the best back brace for facet arthropathy?

The best back brace for facet arthropathy in the lumbar region will provide targeted compression and spine stabilization. BioSkin utilizes a dual-pulley system to provide vectored and targeted compression to the spine and relieve pressure on the worn out facet joints.

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