Facet Joint Disease

Facet joint disease is a condition that occurs in the spine and develops over many years as the facet joints begin to break down through every day wear and tear. The facet joint can become painful with a single traumatic episode. Facet joint disease is more commonly found in the areas of the spine where there is more movement (bending and flexing). It usually occurs in the neck or lower back, but as these facets joints begin to degenerate and there is more pressure placed on nearby facet joints, the process begins to cascade along the spine.

Facet Joint Disease
Facet Joint Disease

How Do I Know if I Have Facet Joint Disease?

Common facet disease symptoms include localized pain and stiffness, or loss of flexibility. The pain will usually worsen as the patient bends backward, but will get better as they lean forward. As this condition worsens more pressure is applied to nearby joints as a result of the reduction in flexibility. Treatment for facet joint syndrome should be started as soon as the condition is discovered.

Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from facet joint disease? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Facet joint disease treatment involves rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and exercises to help build the muscle needed to better support the spine. As the condition progresses and there is more need for it, physical therapy may also be added to the treatment plan. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.

Orthopedic and Laser Spine Surgery provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating spinal conditions we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.

The real question is: What treatment is best to treat your facet joint disease? Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.

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