Facets are known as the bones above and below the spine that join together and move. Over time, these joints can undergo deterioration of one or more facet joints in the cervical spine, leading to facet disease. For those suffering from facet disease, symptoms such as localized pain at the site of the joint, limited mobility, chronic headaches and stiffness in the neck can arise. In addition, bone spurs may also develop as a way for the body to restabilize the joint.
These symptoms can also radiate down the affected nerve, which causes numbness, weakness and tingling in the neck, shoulders, arms or hands. If you believe that you are suffering from this condition, then it is important to educate yourself through the information provided in the following article and consult your doctor immediately to learn about the best method of treatment for your spine care needs.
Conservative treatments for facet disease of the cervical spine
If you are experiencing facet disease symptoms and are ready to take the next step on your journey to find pain relief, then your doctor may recommend the following conservative treatments to ease your symptoms:
- Pain medication
- Weight management
- Hot and cold therapy
- Low-impact exercise
- Physical therapy
- Yoga or Pilates
Furthermore, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and eating a balanced diet full of nutrients can also help you on the road to recovery.
Surgical treatments for facet disease of the cervical spine
In the event that conservative therapy does not provide you adequate relief from your symptoms, then surgical intervention may become necessary to ease your condition. If this is the case for you, then contact the dedicated team at USA Spine Care to find out about the advantages of our minimally invasive procedures. Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain, earning us a patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^
By using a small, muscle-sparing incision, our highly skilled surgeons are able to offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to us today and ask us for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.* Our team is here to help you recapture your quality of life from facet disease in your cervical spine, allowing you to get back to the activities you have been missing out on.
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