Facetal Arthropathy

Facet is a type of joint and arthropathy is arthritis of the joint. So this Facetal arthropathy or facet joint arthropathy is a term which says- arthropathy / arthritis / osteoarthritis of the facet joint. We need to know about the type of this joint first, than we can understand better about the basic term- facet joint arthropathy or facetal arthropathy. Here we will know about Ayurvedic treatment for facet joint arthropathy.

Out of 33 vertebrae, 24 move for our flexibility. These all vertebrae move on each other through some joints. These joints are known as facet joints. All spinal nerve roots exit your spinal cord through these joints. Good facet joints have cartilage inside. This cartilage allows vertebrae to move smoothly without grinding. There is synovial fluid in these joints which make the movement smoother. Because of maximum movements these joints are prone to damage. Synovial fluid and cartilages slow down this wear and tear of these joints.

But when we strain these joints. These have possibilities for development of- arthritis. Just like your knee or some other joint. This arthritis of the these facet joints is mentioned in MRIs as- Facet joint Arthropaty or Facetal Arthropathy.

What is Facte Joint Arthropathy / Facetal Arthropathy

The facet joints along with spinal disc form a complex joint with adjacent vertebrae. In facet joint there are two bony surfaces with cartilage between. And a capsule of ligaments surrounds it. Synovial fluid lubricates this joint like any other joint of the body. Facet joints ensures normal lordosis/ curvature of the spine.

When there are three conditions like a normal arthritis of the joint-

  1. Wear and tear in the cartilage- which is located in between bones.
  2. Osteoporosis of the bones involved in joint.
  3. Lack of synovial fluid in the joints.
  4. Strain due to bad postures.
  5. Degeneration of spinal disc- this degeneration builds up the pressure on the joints therefore causes pressure on these joints.
  6. Dietary irregularity and improper nutrition of the body.

Beside these condition, one condition- Ageing is most common in this case. With age, osteoporosis is a common condition. Therefore, in older patients facet joint arthropathy is a common finding in MRI.

Symptoms of Facet Joint Arthropathy or Facetal Arthropathy

The pain due to alone facet joint arthropathy never radiates to the lower limbs or hip. This is always localised pain in the back, if it occurs because of the facet joint arthropathy.

The main symptoms of this condition are-

  • Lower back pain which increases because of the twisting, standing or bending backward.
  • Pain located in a place of spine.
  • Mostly patients can pin point the location of the pain like – some region or a pin point.
  • The pain due to facetal arthropathy feels like a dull ache on one or both sides of the lower back.

Because facet joint is located opposite to the location of the disc or spinal nerves. Therefore when we bend forward than pain reduces- in case of facetal joint problems. Opposite to this, such kind of movements increases pain in spinal disc problems. This is the easiest way to understand the cause of pain.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Facet Joint Arthropathy

This is the real arthritis of the spinal joint. The main issue is quicker ageing process. Because of this- the facet joint gets huge impact. Facte joint arthropathy occurs most commonly in lumbar region alone. This is the reason, when it comes to address the problem of the back ache we need to make a proper differential diagnosis of the condition.

While doing Ayurvedic treatment for facet joint arthropathy, we work on three different paradigms-

  1. Rasyana Therapy: The main approach for Ayurvedic treatment of facet joint arthropathy is- to balance the process of ageing. This is the ageing which causes severe problems with the joints. And when these joints are weight bearing joints like lumbar spine- these are more susceptible for impact of ageing. For Rasayana we use specially prepared medicines which we prepare in house along with these if condition is severe we go for Panchakarma.
  2. Panchakarma removes deep toxins from the body. These are the cellular level toxins which pace up the process of ageing. Besides this, in case of Joint problems- where Majja Dhatu is involved, Panchakarma is always a first line of treatment.
  3. Yoga Asanas: These yoga asanas are part of ayurvedic treatment for facet joint arthropahy- because we need to remove the undue pressure from the lumbar vertebrae. This pressure causes decay of the facet joints when pressure is not properly distributed on the lumbar spine. With rectification of the posture, the management of the pressure on the spine becomes easy.

Thus, when doing the treatment of facet joint arthropathy, the approach of treatment is all different. But when it comes to the treatment of multiple conditions- where facet joint arthropathy is present along with other conditions- we make a tailored program. In such type of treatment program- we do consider your Prakruti as well as your pulse. To get an overview of the condition- just contact us with all your details.