ChiroACCESS Clinical Review

Lumbar Facet Pain: Prevention

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Lead Author(s): 

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.


How this evidence was rated:

Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)

Published on

July 16, 2008

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Although the lumbar facet is well established as a pain generator (1-3), very little meaningful research has been performed to determine risk factors. To evaluate risk factors for lumbar facet mediated pain (LFMP), one needs to locate a population with this specific diagnosis. However this has proven difficult. Clinical diagnosis is very uncertain. The gold standard of diagnosis is a series of two facet blocks which limits study populations. As a result many of the studies available are observational, performed on animals or cadavers or are speculative in nature.

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