Are you suffering from lumbar facet joint arthrosis? If so, you’re not alone. This condition is a common source of pain in the back, especially among individuals over the age of 50. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available, including physiotherapy. Let’s take a look at what lumbar facet joint arthrosis is and how physiotherapy can help.
What Is Lumbar Facet Joint Arthrosis?
Lumbar facet joint arthrosis is an age-related form of arthritis that affects the spine’s vertebrae, discs, and joints. It occurs when these structures become worn down due to repeated use or injury. As a result, they no longer move as smoothly and effectively as they should, leading to stiffness and pain in the lower back area.
How Does Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapy is an excellent treatment option for those suffering from lumbar facet joint arthrosis because it helps reduce inflammation and improve the range of motion in the affected area. The goal of physiotherapy is to restore normal function to the spine by strengthening the muscles that support it and increasing flexibility in tight areas. A physiotherapist may also recommend specific exercises designed to stretch out tight muscles in order to relieve any pain or discomfort. Additionally, your therapist may recommend lifestyle changes such as improving posture or avoiding certain activities that could aggravate your condition further.
Other Treatment Options
In addition to physiotherapy, other treatments such as restorative massage therapy can also be used to treat lumbar facet joint arthrosis. Massage therapy helps relax tight muscles which can reduce inflammation and improve mobility in the affected area. Additionally, medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed if necessary to help reduce pain and swelling associated with this condition. In more severe cases, surgery may be recommended if other treatments have failed to provide relief from symptoms.
Lumbar facet joint arthrosis can cause significant discomfort for those who suffer from it but fortunately, there are effective treatments available including physiotherapy and massage therapy. A qualified physiotherapist can assess your individual needs and develop a customized plan of care that will help reduce inflammation, improve range of motion, and provide relief from the pain associated with this condition. In more severe cases surgery may be required but for most people, conservative therapies such as physiotherapy are enough to manage their symptoms successfully over time. With patience and dedication, you can find relief from your lumbar facet joint arthrosis.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or one of the other physiotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!