If you’re just getting started with facet syndrome treatment, there’s a good chance that you’ll be focusing exclusively on conservative therapies (at least, for the time being). Many people are able to successfully manage their symptoms with a combination of these therapies. While some people eventually turn to surgical treatment, surgery isn’t always necessary — so a general rule of thumb is to give conservative care a chance to work before progressing to surgical options.
Types of nonsurgical facet syndrome treatment
Some people assume that conservative treatment only refers to over-the-counter medications and at-home comfort aids like ice packs and heating pads. However, the reality is that it’s a much broader category. Conservative facet syndrome treatment includes options such as:
- Prescription muscle relaxers
- Facet joint injections
- Opioid pain relievers
- Physical therapy
- Postural adjustments
Also, complementary therapies such as acupuncture and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) aren’t considered traditional forms of treatment, but may be able to help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by facet syndrome.
Facet syndrome surgery
If, after several weeks of focusing on nonsurgical treatment options, you’re still experiencing severe and disruptive symptoms, you may want to discuss the potential of surgery with your physician. There may be several different options, such as traditional decompression surgery or minimally invasive facet thermal ablation, that are appropriate for your needs. Keep in mind, though, that you don’t have to make a decision right away — you can continue to explore conservative and complementary therapies until you’re certain that surgery is your only remaining option.
At USA Spine Care, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to open back operations.^ We’ll be happy to review* your MRI for free and help you find out if you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures. To learn more about our state-of-the-art approach to facet syndrome treatment, contact us today.
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