Lumbar Facet Arthropathy Follow-up

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Carl H Shin, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Various treatments are available in an outpatient setting for patients with facet joint arthropathy. Please refer to the Treatment section for a more complete discussion.

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Further Inpatient Care

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  • Lumbar facet arthropathy does not require inpatient management; outpatient workups and treatments are adequate.

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Patient Education

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  • Patients need to be educated in all aspects of their diagnosis and to be informed of all treatment options. As with any condition affecting the back, patients need to have a good understanding of proper body mechanics and back safety techniques; they also require daily activities to prevent worsening of symptoms. Participation in physical therapy may be helpful in improving spinal range of motion and strength. The patient should be instructed in a lumbar spine stabilization program when appropriate.

  • For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Low Back Pain, Chronic Pain, and Pain Medications.

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