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bilateral facet hypertrophy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hey everyone! This is my first time here! I was sitting in my parked car on October 30th of 2008 and two vehicles got in an accident on the street I was parked on and both ran into me by accident. After the accident I had a large amount of pain in my neck, back and right shoulder. Now most of the pain has subsided with therapy, but I am still in a huge amount of pain in my lower back all down through my left leg. The doctor decided to send me for an MRI last week. I just got the results yesterday and this is what it says.

Mild bilateral facet hypertrophy at L4--5 and L5--S1.

I looked it up, but pretty much everything I find says this is caused from arthiritis. I am only 24 years old and I never had any back problems before this. I cannot bend backwards even 1 inch and I used to be able to do backbends no problem.

I go to the doctor on Wednesday, a week from today and I would just like to know a little bit more about this if someone could explain it to me a little better, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks so much, have a nice day.


  • hope you find many answers here. I know I did :)

    Sorry to here about the accident :(
  • thanks!

    Also, up top of the report is says, "There is mild congenital spinal canal stenosis.".

    I'm not sure what this means either.

    I looked both of these things up and they are all prevalent in older people, not people that are 24...I wish I could go to the doctor today instead of having to wait a week :(

  • I am young as well (32) and after breaking my back a year ago, and never being able to recover, was finally diagnosed with mild facet hypertrophy of L4-5, L5-S1.

    Used to be pretty active and could do backbends no problem but, like you, can't even bend backwards an inch and am in constant pain. I have some nerve pain radiating down the leg as well. The doctor recommends a minor surgery to deaden the nerves but do not want to do this.

    You are the first I have heard of with this condition who is young like me, and was wondering if you made any progress or have any advice on recovery. would be much appreciated!
  • Hi this is my first time on too. I have had several MRI's which said I had bulging disc problems. Now I just had another MRI a few weeks ago because I get terrible pain in my back when I do alot of housework, and my legs are in such pain , my thighs my knees and down my shins. I can hardly walk sometime. It drags me down. I just went to a pain management Dr. he prescribed steroids, and ulterset (pain killers) I have not taken the steroids as yet just brought the rx to the drug store, He wants me to take them for 6 days along with physical therapy. I don't know what to do anymore I have alot of difficulty walking. Has anyone experienced this kind of pain.
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