In Osteoarthritis, the cartilage located between the facet joints can deteriorate, which are situated on the posterior side of the spine. Joints are the areas where two bones meet, such as elbows, knees, and knuckles. A facet joint consists of two opposing bony surfaces separated by cartilage, and a capsule surrounds it that generates fluid. This blend of cartilage and fluid facilitates smooth joint movement with minimal friction. However, facet joint arthritis causes cartilage degradation, resulting in increased joint friction during movement. As a result, patients experience decreased mobility, increased stiffness, and heightened back pain.


What are treatments of Facet Osteoarthritis?

The Ramos Center provides various treatment alternatives for Facet Osteoarthritis. We prioritize conservative approaches, beginning with physical therapy. Additionally, we offer treatments like Facet Medial Branch block, radio frequency ablation, and Stem Cell therapy. Your doctor will discuss the various options with you, considering your pain classification and anatomy, to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.