We understand that you may have questions about this common spinal condition, so we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and expert answers to help you gain a better understanding of Facet Syndrome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Facet Syndrome?

Facet Syndrome, also known as facet joint osteoarthritis or spinal osteoarthritis, is a degenerative condition that affects the facet joints in the spine. These joints are located on the back of the vertebrae and help facilitate spinal movement. Facet Syndrome occurs when these joints become inflamed or damaged, leading to pain and discomfort in the neck or back.

What are the common symptoms of Facet Syndrome?

The most common symptoms of Facet Syndrome include:

  • Localized pain: Pain in the affected area of the spine, often described as a dull, aching discomfort.
  • Pain with movement: Pain that worsens with specific movements or positions, such as bending backward or twisting.
  • Limited range of motion: Difficulty moving the spine, especially in the affected area.
  • Pain referral: Pain that may radiate to other areas, such as the buttocks or thighs.

What causes Facet Syndrome?

Facet Syndrome is primarily caused by the natural aging process and wear and tear on the facet joints. Factors that contribute to the condition include repetitive stress on the spine, injury, genetics, and obesity. Over time, the cartilage in the facet joints can deteriorate, leading to inflammation and pain.

How is Facet Syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis typically involves a combination of:

  • Medical history: Discussing your symptoms and medical history with a healthcare provider.
  • Physical examination: Your doctor may perform a physical examination to assess your range of motion and pinpoint areas of tenderness.
  • Imaging tests: X-rays, MRI, or CT scans can provide detailed images of the facet joints to confirm the diagnosis.

What treatment options are available for Facet Syndrome?

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of symptoms. Common treatments include:

  • Physical therapy: Exercises and stretches to improve spinal mobility and strengthen supportive muscles.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, or prescription medications to manage pain and inflammation.
  • Injections: Facet joint injections, including corticosteroids, to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: Radiofrequency ablation or facet joint injections for longer-lasting pain relief.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be considered to address facet joint problems.

Can Facet Syndrome be prevented?

While Facet Syndrome is often age-related, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and weight management, can help reduce the risk of developing this condition. Additionally, practicing good posture and using proper body mechanics can help minimize stress on the facet joints.

Is Facet Syndrome a common condition?

Yes, Facet Syndrome is relatively common, especially among older adults. It is often seen in conjunction with other spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease or herniated discs.

Where can I find help for my Facet Syndrome?

The Diagnostic and Interventional Spine Center is here to help. Our team of experienced specialists can diagnose and develop personalized treatment plans for Facet Syndrome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a pain-free life.

We hope this Q&A has provided you with valuable insights into Facet Syndrome. Remember that each individual’s experience with this condition is unique, and a thorough evaluation by a healthcare provider is crucial for accurate diagnosis and treatment. If you have more questions or would like to seek help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at The Diagnostic and Interventional Spine Center. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a better quality of life.