Facet Syndrome: Damage to the Spine’s Stabilizing Joints
Facet joints, the small joints that stabilize the spinal vertebrae and prevent excessive movement, can become inflamed due to arthritis, injury, and normal wear-and-tear. When these joints no longer function as they should, symptoms may include facet joint pain, nerve pain, and stiffness.
When the damaged facet joints are in the upper (cervical) spine, they may cause neck pain, upper back pain, and headaches, and limit the range of motion in the head and neck. In the lower (lumbar) spine, damaged facet joints usually cause pain in the lower back, buttocks, or legs.
Center for Pain Management specializes in non-surgical solutions for chronic pain. If you have a diagnosis of or symptoms of facet syndrome, we encourage you to contact us. Call today to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, Greenwood, or Lafayette: (317) 706-7246.
Facet Syndrome Symptoms
Additional symptoms of facet syndrome include:
- Tenderness/sensitivity to touch overlying a spinal joint
- Muscle spasms
- Pain that’s worse at night
- Pain after long episodes of poor posture (hunching or slouching while seated)
- Nerve pain (if facets are inflamed enough to put pressure on nerves)
Non-surgical treatments are usually effective for managing symptoms of facet syndrome.
Facet Syndrome Treatment
Center for Pain Management recommends conservative treatments for facet syndrome, such as rest, heat, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication. If pain persists, we may recommend a procedure called radiofrequency rhizotomy (also called radiofrequency ablation), in which a needle-like device is used to cauterize a nerve that’s causing pain.
Relief for Facet Syndrome
Without treatment, back pain and stiffness tends to become worse over time, especially in patients who have arthritis or other degenerative conditions. Get help with facet joint pain before it progresses.
Call us to schedule your back pain consultation: (317) 706-7246.
Updates + Announcements
Patients, Our 8805 N. Meridian St. location is closed today, April 8, due to a water main break. If you have questions please call 317-706-7246 tomorrow (April 9) during normal business hours. Thank you, Center for Pain Management
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