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Facet Hypertrophy

Facet hypertrophy refers to the degeneration of the joints of the spine, known as facet joints. These are small joints that provide support to the spine. If it enlarges, it can cause compression of the nerve and radiating pain.

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My report shows that I have a disc bulge and facet disease in L4 to L5 and right foraminal narrowing in L2 to L3. What does this mean?

Query: Hi doctor, Mild degenerative changes in the lumbar spine are outlined level by level above. A disc bulge and facet disease approach the descending L5 nerve roots in the subarticular zone bilaterally at L4 to L5, and there is mild left greater than right foraminal narrowing at its level. The hypertr...  Read Full »

K. Thomas Jefferson

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When I look at your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) I infer that your problem has been chronic and you have been suffering for some time. The changes that had happened in your lumbar spine can be because of your weight and age. You can star...  Read Full »

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