Published online Aug 28, 2015. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v7.i8.194
Peer-review started: January 29, 2015
First decision: March 6, 2015
Revised: April 17, 2015
Accepted: May 16, 2015
Article in press: July 8, 2015
Published online: August 28, 2015
Core tip: Low back pain, caused by intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) and facet joint osteoarthritis (FJOA), is a widely spread musculoskeletal disorder in all ages worldwide. Although IDD and FJOA are common findings on lumbar magnetic resonance-imaging, the relationship between imaging findings and clinical pain-presentation as well as the benefit of different therapeutic options often remains unclear. This article briefly reviews the correlation of IDD and FJOA with clinical pain scores and discusses possible treatment options of FJOA with focus on the intra-articular injection of corticosteroids.