... asymmetrical facet arthropathy at L3-4 level. Pl let me know the problems in simple words and also suggest what to do?
You have a herniated disc between the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae and your facet joints are not meeting up as even as they should be and have some degenerative arthritis in them. A few days of rest might help but no more than 2 days then gentle physical therapy and walking. The Dr may give you some mild analgesics or anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxant and/or possible a short course of mild steroids. If this doesnt help they may try some injections and/or radiofrequency ablations. It is usually a non surgical issue unless the herniation is very large and is causing progressive weakness. If you get progressive weakness in your legs or you lose control of your bladder or bowels you should seek emergency help. Try to avoid actions where you have to twist like mopping and vacuuming and especially avoid lifting and twisting at the same time.
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