Facet Joint Syndrome

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What is it?

This condition is a degeneration of the facet joints, which connect the vertebrae, or bones of the spine. Facet joints are designed to support your spine, allowing you to bend and twist your body, without your back slipping too far forward or twisting excessively. Nerve roots supply the facet joints. To allow the vertebrae to glide smoothly, the facet joints are lined with cartilage and synovium, a capsule of connective tissue that provides lubrication for the joints.

What are the symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome? 

An individual who is struggling with this condition may notice that they have trouble turning their head, which usually results in them having to turn their whole body to look to the left or right. They also might experience pain or stiffness in their back. It can be difficult to stand up straight or rise up from a chair. Someone afflicted with this condition could also walk with a “hunched over” gait. These are some general symptoms; the presentation of Facet Joint Syndrome can differ from case to case, as it depends on where the affected joint is located.  If you’re experiencing chronic pain, it can be difficult to figure out the cause and find effective treatments. That’s where we come in – our team of experts is dedicated to helping you identify the root cause of your pain and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you find relief. If you’re being affected by facet joint syndrome, let’s figure it out – as well as a treatment plan – to bring you comfort!

What causes Facet Joint Syndrome?

Facet joints are prone to arthritis, which can spur an inflammatory cascade. The cartilage around the facet joints can wear away, making it harder for the vertebrae to glide smoothly as normal. This makes it harder for the spine to bend and twist properly which, in addition to limited mobility, can also cause pain by triggering any nerve endings that are nearby. The cartilage around the facet joints can wear away naturally, although every individual experiences this to a different degree. External factors, such as injury, obesity, overuse of joints, Family history or poor posture can also contribute to the degeneration of facet joints.