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How long does it take for facet syndrome to heal?

Facet syndrome is a degenerative spinal condition that affects the facet joints of the spine. Also called spinal osteoarthritis, facet syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms that interfere with your ability to go about your daily routines. If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, difficulty bending or twisting, stiffness or tenderness at the site of inflammation, you’re likely wondering how long it will take for your facet syndrome to heal.

Treating facet syndrome

Facet syndrome is typically caused by the deterioration of the spinal joints as a result of the natural aging process. While the damage to the facet joints cannot be reversed or heal on its own, there are many conservative treatments available that can help address the symptoms. These may include:

  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Limited periods of rest

Additionally, some patients also choose to explore alternative therapies, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and holistic yoga. As with any type of treatment, it is best to discuss your options with a physician who is familiar with your condition and symptoms. Many patients with facet syndrome are able to find a combination of conservative and alternative treatments that address their symptoms.

When facet syndrome symptoms persist

In some cases, symptoms of facet syndrome continue to worsen with time or do not respond to conservative treatments. If you have explored conservative options for several weeks or months without seeing any improvements, you may need to consider surgery as the next step. While your physician may recommend traditional open surgery for facet syndrome, USA Spine Care offers minimally invasive surgery that is a safer and effective alternative.^

To find out if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery at USA Spine Care, you can submit a recent MRI for a free review.* Contact us today to learn more.

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