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Zygaphophysial arthropathy

Intervertebral apophyseal joint arthropathy


Normal saline injections into appropriate zygaphophysial joints were carried out on low back pain suffers to reproduce the pain. Patients were selected on certain defined clinical criteria for inclusion to this pilot study. Only five out of ten patients reported accurate pain reproduction and these were thought to suffer from zygaphophysial arthropathy. It is argued that recognition of this condition will influence its management.

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Ravichandran, G. Zygaphophysial arthropathy. Arch. Orth. Traum. Surg. 96, 149–152 (1980).

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  • Public Health
  • Pilot Study
  • Back Pain
  • Normal Saline
  • Clinical Criterion