Facet Joint Syndrome Overview
Facet joint syndrome can develop when spinal discs become weak or degenerated and place more stress on the facet joints, the joints between two vertebrae that allow them to work in unison to provide motion. The breakdown or thinning of the cartilage around the facet joint leads to increased pressure being placed directly on the joints. The wearing of the joint area will then cause pain and inflammation.
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Facet Joint Syndrome may also be known as Lumbar Facet Syndrome, Facet Syndrome.
Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome
Facet joint syndrome is pain at the joint between two vertebrea in your spine. When your facet joints become swollen or infamed you may suffer the following symptoms:
- Pain that Worsens at night
- Numbness, Tingling or Stiffness at or near the site.
- Pain feels worse with sitting.
- Pain gets worse when doing activities (walking, running).
- Muscle weakness.
- Tingling, weakness that radiates from the neck into the shoulder and arms.
- Tingling, weakness that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and legs.
- Burning Sensation.
- Limited range of motion
Facet Joint Syndrome Causes
Facet joint pain can develop when spinal discs become weak or degenerated and the facet joints rub with little or no cushioning. Facet Joint Syndrome can be caused by:
- Gets worse with aging
- Abnormal stress and strain on the spine.
- Increased load on the facet joints.
- Accident or trauma to the spine, such as whiplash.
Facet Joint Syndrome Treatments
Facet joint pain may be more common than you think. It can be as familiar to a spine doctor as arthritis is to a hand doctor. There are many different approaches that provide relief depending on the severity of the condition. These options include:
- Ice Packs
- Heat Therapy
- Electronic Muscle Stimulation