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Back issues

I have had a MRI and it came back wiht this - severe bilateral facet arthopathy noted at the L4/5 level bilaterally - what is this and what should i do about it? thank you....Debbie
Tags: MRI, Back, severe bilateral
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Hi Debbie!
Facet joints are present in the back of the spine. Facet arthropathy is basically arthritis of these joints. Usually this is treated with pain killers, muscle relaxants, and steroids. Other treatment modalities too can help such as strength training, stretches, traction, hydrotherapy, etc. However, only your doctor can decide the best treatment option for you.
Please discuss with your doctor. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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