Right side L5 - S1 Facet Joint Arthritis ( Bone Scan Study ) Nov 2011
by Nando Campana
(Melb, Vic, Australia)
Dear Chiropractic Help,
My name is Nando Campana from Melbourne Australia, thankyou for your website and newsletter I find them to be most helpful.
3 years ago I hurt my back turning to the left to get the road map whislt I was sitting in a car. I felt pain in my lower back right side but was able to continue working.
It was very sore for the next few days and settled a bit but the pain has never gone away and still hurts. It has since become chronic and the following treatment have not helped.
Chiro ( not sure how good he was )
It also led to time off work and reduced hours for 6 months ( i am back to my usual 30 hours per week now ). It also led to depression for the last 15 months, I am currently coming off my medication ( endep ) slowly.
I went to see a rheumatologist who organised the above scan and she suggested a facet joint injection ( cortizone and anaesthetic )which i declined to have as I wanted to know if there was any other way of helping reduce or get rid of the pain.
I would be most grateful for any thing you could suggest , if i have to have the facet joint injection i will but am reluctant to do so.
Many thanks and appreciation
There's nothing unusual in facet joint arthritis per se. It's common.
What's not uncommon either unfortunately is the chronic nature of the condition.
First off, a couple questions. Any pain in the leg? Secondly, did you/do you have pain bending forwards or backwards?
Thirdly, are you doing any exercises. Faithfully, every single day? I would strongly recommend our Lower Back Exercises
page. Read it carefully and thoroughly, digest it, find the exercises that suit you and do them faithfully EVERY morning before getting out of bed. Take it slowly, you're not training for the Olympics!
You've followed the general guidelines rather well, move from one form of treatment to another, the conservative first. No problem there. How about shopping around, talk to friends and family, colleagues and find another chiro. Take your X-rays and scans.
Let me know how you get on.