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Can facet syndrome heal on its own?

Facet syndrome can result in a variety of bothersome symptoms that can make leading a normal, active lifestyle a difficult proposition. Most often caused by the normal wear and tear the spine endures through the years, this condition occurs when the cushioning cartilage in the spine’s facet joints wears away. When this happens, the unprotected vertebrae can rub together, damaging the joint and causing localized pain, inflammation and often, the formation of a bone spur. While a bone spur itself won’t result in additional symptoms, it could come into contact with a nearby nerve root or the spinal cord and cause radiating pain, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling.

Treating facet syndrome

Once facet syndrome has developed, there’s no chance of it going away on its own, as the damage to the joint is irreversible. However, there are a wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options available that may help reduce your symptoms to a manageable level for day-to-day life. Some of the treatments your physician may suggest include:

  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Facet injections
  • Alternating hot and cold compresses
  • Physical therapy
  • Periods of rest

Your doctor may also recommend that you modify your lifestyle to promote better spine health and reduce the strain being placed on the affected area of your back. This can include losing excess weight, using better posture, avoiding frequent bending or lifting and eliminating the use of tobacco products.

Facet syndrome treatment at USA Spine Care

If several weeks or months of conservative treatment haven’t produced the desired results, you may want to consider your surgical options. USA Spine Care offers minimally invasive surgery, which is often a clinically appropriate alternative to treat facet syndrome and offers several advantages versus traditional open spine procedures.^ To find out if you are a candidate, ask us how to receive a free MRI review.*

If you would like to learn more about our minimally invasive approach to facet syndrome treatment, contact USA Spine Care today.

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