What is Facet Syndrome?
Facet joint syndrome is an arthritis-like condition of the spine that can be a significant source of back and neck pain. It is caused by degenerative changes to the joints between the bones of the spine.
Pain is the most common symptom of facet syndrome. Facet pain can be worsened by long periods of inactivity, such as prolonged sitting or standing. Facet syndrome is generally worse in the morning because of inactivity due to sleep.
Causes and Risks
Degenerative changes and the formation of osteoarthritis affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine joints are the most common causes of facet syndrome. These degenerative changes can lead to stress on the joints. Facet syndrome can also be caused by trauma such as that caused by car accidents and whiplash. Weak postural muscles and subsequent poor posture may also contribute to the development of facet syndrome.
Treatment and Prevention
The conservative treatment options for facet syndrome physical therapy focusing on strengthening the core and muscles surrounding the spine massage and postural correction. These exercises can be combined with other treatment options such as medications like anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxers. When conservative treatments fail, steroid medications such as injections may be the best treatment.
Here at Modern Pain and Spine Institute, we offer pain management solutions for facet syndrome, as well as other pain conditions.