Facet joint syndrome is a term that describes problems that can occur in the joints of the lumbar and cervical spine due to the gradual deterioration of the cartilage around facet joints as we age. Facets typically function as joints that can enable the spine to move. However, when facet joint syndrome develops there is pain associated with any motion, including bending, twisting or bearing heavy loads as well as facet joint inflammation, stiffness, tenderness and headaches. If you are suffering from facet joint syndrome, the treatments described in the following article can help cure your condition.
Conservative facet syndrome treatments
In order to treat facet joint syndrome, your doctor will likely recommend conservative therapy to treat your symptoms depending on the severity of your condition. This may include:
- Anti-spasm medications
- Pain medications, both narcotic and nonnarcotic
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Traction therapy
- Facet joint injections
Surgical facet syndrome treatments
If your condition is aggressive and conservative therapy fails to heal your condition after several weeks or months, then USA Spine Care’s minimally invasive spine surgery may be able to help. At USA Spine Care, our treatments are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ To learn about the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery, contact our dedicated team today.
The surgeons at USA Spine Care are able to cure facet joint syndrome by preventing the facets from moving in the spine segment through a stabilization procedure. This is done through the use of a small incision that spares the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine, which allows for no lengthy recovery and a lower risk of complication.^
Our commitment to minimally invasive procedures has made us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, allowing us to help more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back pain. To determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you recapture your quality of life from facet syndrome.
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