PT Classroom - Facet Arthropathy ׀ by Harry Tagalakis, MD
Dr. Harry Tagalakis, M.D. is a fellowship-trained pain physician who is Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his Anesthesiology Residency and Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University. He was chief resident of the Department of Anesthesiology. He was an active member of many hospital committees while at the University of Florida. One of these committees was the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, where he formulated hospital medication policies, remaining focused on promoting care for pain patients. He also received the first “Scholars in Pain Management” award at the University of Florida. He has lectured on several topics. Some of these include: Treatment of Chronic Lower Back Pain, Coccygodynia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Muscle Relaxants, and Botox® Intramuscular Injections. He is an active member of the American Pain Society and has experience in treating the most challenging pain syndromes.
facet joints connect the posterior elements of the vertebral bodies
to one another. Like the bones that form other joints in the human
body, such as the hip, knee, or elbow, the articular surfaces of the
facet joints are covered by a layer of smooth cartilage, surrounded
by a strong capsule of ligaments, and lubricated by synovial fluid.
Just like the hip and the knee, the facet joints can also become
arthritic and painful, and they can be a source of back pain. The
pain and discomfort that is caused by degeneration and arthritis of
this part of the spine is called facet arthropathy, which simply
means a disease or abnormality of the facet joints.
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