Lumbar synovial cyst

Barbero, Marco and Boscherini, Duccio (2011) Lumbar synovial cyst. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 41 (7). p. 533. ISSN 1938-1344

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The patient was a 50-year-old woman who was referred to a physical therapist for management of chronic low back pain. Intervention by the physical therapist included therapeutic exercises and manual therapy. However, after 3 weeks, the patient was referred to a neurosurgeon due to worsening of symptoms and failure to respond to conservative interventions. Lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging and myelography revealed a lesion consistent with a synovial cyst at the level of the left L3-4 facet joint. Following surgical excision of the cyst, the patient's symptoms resolved completely.

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