Like many medical conditions, osteoarthritis can be referred to several ways — facet joint osteoarthritis and degenerative arthritis are two commonly used alternatives.

Osteoarthritis pain is caused when the cartilage between the facet joints in the spine deteriorates. This may lead to formation of bone spurs that may irritate or compress nerves. While at first the pain can be intermittent, it can develop into a steadier stream of pain that may lead to sciatica, in addition to low back pain.

Some indicators include:

  • Pain symptoms that develop gradually over time
  • Symptoms that fluctuate between severe and mild to no pain
  • Pain relief when sitting down
  • Weakness, numbness, tingling that radiates from the low back into the buttocks and legs (sciatica)
  • Leg pain that occurs when walking or standing
  • Inability to walk very far without developing leg pain

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact us. We’re here to help you get your life back.