Dr. Michael Sein, physiatrist and interventional pain specialist at Weill Cornell Medical Center, explains what the facet joints (aka zygopophyseal joints) are, how they can cause low back pain and neck pain, and what you can do about it!
In this video we cover:
The basics of what facet joints are and why they can be painful and develop arthritis.
The pattern of pain usually associated with facet joints.
We talk about the benefits of rehabilitation, exercise, and core strength for this type of pain.
We cover some of the common medications we use to help augment the rehabilitation process.
We talk about medial branch blocks and radiofrequency ablation, and how these two procedures can be beneficial for patients with this type of pain.
We cover the red flags of low back pain that should alert patients to call their doctors or even go to the ER.
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-Jonathan Chu, MD
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