Pain facet arthritis solvents

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Facet joints are covered with a thin layer of hyaline cartilage and separate the posterior portions of the vertebrae.

Vertebrae are separated from each other anteriorly by discs.

When facet joints become arthritic, they become a source of pain.

If the facet joint is the source of pain, a therapeutic facet injection may be performed where therapeutic steroids and local anesthetic are injected into the facet joint to decrease the pain and inflammation. Pain relief from a facet joint injection procedure varies from minimal to long-term, depending on the specific symptoms.

The procedure takes 10-30 minutes. Using a thin needle and fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound for guidance, the physician will place anesthetic, and steroid into the facet joint.

As for solvents, there is little mention in the literature about the use of solvents as a treatment for osteoarthritis in general or facet osteoarthritis specifically.

By the same token, there is little mention in the literature regarding solvents as a cause of facet arthritis pain. Some people claim glucosamine and chondroitin work by acting as solvents. That is not the case. Their efficacy has more to do with contributing ingredients to retard the progression of arthritis.

Solvent exposure has been implicated as a possible trigger for fibromyalgia symptoms. Patients with fibromyalgia often have concomitant facet osteoarthritis.

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