In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the link between sacroiliac instability and lower back pain. When there is instability in the sacroiliac joint, there is often also joint pain in the lower spine which actually stems from issues with lumbar facet joints.
Lumbar facet joints refer to the small joints located on both the left and right sides of a lumbar disk. These joints open and close in conjunction with spinal movement. As both ligaments and the spinal disks themselves degenerate, the lumbar facet joints are forced to bear more and more weight. Over time, this can result in consistent lower back pain, as these joints become increasingly arthritic and “locked up.” This arthritis results in restricted movement.
In the early stages of lumbar facet degeneration, manual therapies can often be an effective treatment. However, once the degeneration has become more severe, this is no longer enough, and more invasive treatments are necessary.
As is the case with numerous ligament and joint conditions, PRP and prolotherapy are often the safest and most effective methods of treatment for lumbar facet joint pain.
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