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Walking With Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
This is a long shot, but thought I’d ask anyway. Is there anyone on this forum who also suffers this condition? I can move this thread to personal messaging if preferred. I’m not looking for medical information, just a support group. Thank you for any replies.
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Not that kind of osteoarthritis no, and bad luck for having developed it. 🤒
 
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This is a long shot, but thought I’d ask anyway. Is there anyone on this forum who also suffers this condition? I can move this thread to personal messaging if preferred. I’m not looking for medical information, just a support group. Thank you for any replies.
Jill
Hi Jill yes I was diagnosed with this condition but I am using exercise to ease the pain. Won’t stop me doing another Camino probably Sept 2021
 

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I googled this and found these resources:





These sights may offer you some help and direction. Good luck.
 
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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Hi Jill yes I was diagnosed with this condition but I am using exercise to ease the pain. Won’t stop me doing another Camino probably Sept 2021

Thanks for replying. What exercises do you do?
 
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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I told the specialist I’m a camino addict (I had to explain this), and that I like to go to Spain every year, just me and my pack, and walk a thousand kilometres, from village to village. This was to his question of how often do I get the pain in my lower back. I told him I am mostly fine on the camino, and he said Good! Don’t Give It Up! He thinks my pack is probably keeping my back straight, and giving support to the lumbar region. Exercise is good. Just thought I’d mention this in case anybody else stumbles across this thread when googling Can I Still Walk With Facet Joint Osteoarthritis. I’ve done a lot of googling . . .
 

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Jill, it's nice to hear your arthritic condition will not keep you from doing what you love, and there is nothing better than getting a stamp(sello🙂) of approval from your doctor.
 

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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Just found this! Thank you, @jsalt & @madhurivivit ! Helps so much to be able to put names and possible treatments to this problem! Love your doc's reply, Jill!
Buen Camino!

Thank you for your response🙂. I have discovered, as @el guapo 123 said, that exercises help😃. The neuro surgeon sent me to biokinetics🤔. Twice a week for an hour each time, until I learnt how to do the exercises properly at home. I still go once a week for maintenance and motivation. It has made me so much more confident. I have also had the cortisone injections😨, which stops the pain, which enables me to exercise to strengthen the muscles around the central core that supports the spine. I am booked on the camino with some supportive hiking buddies in April next year, and we’re hiking locally as much as we can. Just hanging in there.
 
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2017
Again, thanks for this, @jsalt ! So far, stretches, yoga, recumbent bike, and a couple of ankle, hip, and back adjustments, have helped. A few years ago, I was having arthritic pains + bursitis, and was given a cortisone shot for the bursitis. It seemed to take care of the other pains - but I don't remember for how long. Possibly for almost a year. I DO like your philosophy that reducing the pains could help get the exercise needed to strengthen the supportive muscles! Thanks for that! Best of luck, Jill.
 
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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I DO like your philosophy that reducing the pains could help get the exercise needed to strengthen the supportive muscles!

I was waiting to get a (first) appointment with the neuro surgeon (he is SO busy), BUT, in the meantime I was in so much pain that my husband managed to get me to the hospital, in the middle of Covid (which was a mission unto itself) for the cortisone injections. So by the time I got to see the specialist I was fine again – for a while. RIGHT, he said, NOW you do core exercises while you are pain free – and when the pain kicks in again, he said, we’ll look at a rhizotomy. Google it.
 

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