How are synovial cysts diagnosed and removed?
Synovial cysts are diagnosed and evaluated using an MRI. Your doctor at Spinetech may also take X-rays to assess the degree of degeneration in the facet joints and to rule out other spinal conditions that may be present.
When your symptoms are mild, your treatment begins with conservative measures like modifying your activities and physical therapy. As your pain worsens, your doctor at Spinetech may recommend interventional pain management techniques such as facet joint or epidural steroid injections to relieve your pain.
When your pain is chronic and severe enough to affect your daily activities, it’s time to consider removing the cyst. Synovial cyst removal is performed using minimally invasive surgery, which means less postoperative pain and a quick recovery.
Depending on the size of the cysts and the degenerative damage to the bone, your doctor may also recommend spinal fusion to stabilize your spine after removing the cyst.
To learn whether your lower back pain is caused by synovial cysts, call Spinetech or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.