What Is Facet Joint Syndrome?
Our spine is made up of vertebra. Facet joint syndrome occurs when aging, injury or an overabundance of pressure in the facet joints happens, causing pain between two vertebrae at the joint. It is also known as facet arthropathy or facet arthritis.
The reason why facet joints are so important is that the are the direct part of your body responsible for the flexibility in your spine. Without them, you would be unable to bend and twist.
The nerves run through these joints and exit out of the spinal cord. A healthy facet joint contains cartilage. The cartilage serves as a cushion between your vertebrae so that they do not grind against each other (that would cause pain).
Common Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome
Some of the most common symptoms of this syndrome include:
- Patients often will experience difficulty with twisting or bending their spine
- Stiffness in the neck
- If you find that you have to turn your entire body left or right to look in that direction that is a tell tale sign of cervical spine facet joint syndrome
- Lumbar spine facet joint syndrome causes difficulties for patients when they attempt to straighten their spine or try to leave their chair
How Can Innovative Pain Solutions Treat This Syndrome?
Once a proper evaluation by Dr. Kalia has been conducted to confirm if you indeed are suffering from facet joint syndrome, you will then be able to discuss the proper course of action with your doctor. Common treatments include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal Injections: this form of treatment involves initially therapeutic or diagnostic facet blocks, based on the response to the initial treatment a facet joint rhizotomy, or radio-frequency denervation can be considered.
- Physical Therapy
- Exercise: Once some pain relief has been achieved, exercise will be required to maintain the fluidity of your neck as much as possible.
Schedule An Appointment
At Innovative Pain Solutions, your happiness and health are our priority. Call us today or fill out the form below to schedule your appointment to be seen by Dr. Rajan Kalia at one of our three office locations (Dr. Phillips, St. Cloud & Kissimmee).