Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease


Degenerative joint disease is a common cause of lumbar back pain. The spine facet joints are susceptible to wear-and-tear, inflammation and other arthritic changes. This inflammation may result in pain and a loss of motion.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain in the back.
  • Pain and tenderness in the facet joint.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Loss of motion.
  • Difficulty standing or walking.
  • Uncomfortable sitting.
  • Stiffness in the joints.
  • Localized swelling.


Treatment Options

Surgical treatment options for degenerative joint disease include:

  • Caudal epidural injections.
  • Facet joint injections.
  • Interlaminar caudal epidural steroid injections.
  • Medial branch blocks.
  • Selective nerve root.
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