Spine Expert Dr. Liu with Atlantic Spine Center Offers Patients Tips to...
Diagnosing facet joint disorders is not a difficult task. The symptoms and pain associated with the condition can usually be pinpointed quickly. Like the majority of afflictions that affect the back, three steps are taken to establish a preliminary diagnosis. The examining doctor will take a medical history of the patient and ask:
A physical examination of the patient is then performed to check for local tender points and evaluate the range of motion of the patient.
An X-ray is one of the easiest forms of diagnostic imaging to identify if the patient suffers from a facet joint disorder. A CT Scan would better help to determine if there are problems with the facet joint or surrounding structures. An MRI scan in this situation would not provide much help, unless ordered to visualize other tissue to rule out a different condition. Once diagnosis is confirmed, treatment may begin.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu