Facet Syndrome

Facet Syndrome

Facet Syndrome is also known as osteoarthritis; this is arthritis in your spine causing your facet joints to become painfully swollen. The facet syndrome comes from aging, injury (such as whiplash), and/or too much pressure being put on the facet joints. If the affected nerves are located in your cervical spine (neck), then the areas of pain or discomfort will be your neck, shoulders, and/or hands. If the affected nerves are located in your lumbar spine (back), then the areas of pain or discomfort will be your buttock, legs, and/or feet.

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Risks of Facet Syndrome

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  1. If the facet syndrome becomes severe the cartilage and fluid that give the facet joints flexibility can possibly be completely destroyed. This means that all that will be left is bone on bone with no cushioning at all.
  2. Facet syndrome can lead to spinal stenosis by bone spurs forming near the facet joints. These bone spurs can take up too much space in the foramen and start surging into the nerve roots. As the bone spurs grow they expand into the spinal canal, narrowing the spinal canal; this is known as spinal stenosis.
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Symptoms of Facet Syndrome

  • Numbness
  • Pain in the buttock/upper legs (back side of the leg)/feet
  • Pain in the shoulders/arms/hands (includes fingers)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty twisting your body
  • Difficulty straightening back
  • Difficulty turning your head
  • Difficulty standing up
  • Discomfort in leaning backward
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Best Treatments for Facet Syndrome

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If you have not gotten a diagnosis for facet syndrome see Shoulder Pain, Wrist Pain, Leg Pain, Knee Pain, Back Pain, or Neck Pain depending on your location of pain to find an “on your own” treatment to reduce the pain; if you are experiencing pain, go to your doctor to see if you need further treatment. You can reduce swelling and pain with ice. If you have a diagnosis of facet syndrome, it is recommended that you take physical therapy to treat the symptoms. A well-rounded rehabilitation program can help improve your mobility and strength, this can help you continue to do your daily activities with ease. Physical therapy may use ultrasound and electrostimulation for muscle spasms. Another treatment option is a spinal injection; this is when an anesthetic is injected into your facet joints to relieve your pain, the doctor will use a fluoroscope as a guide (a TV camera that uses X-rays to guide the doctor through the injection). This will help make the injection accurately placed. If treatments such as the spinal injection and physical therapy fail, surgical treatment may become an option. To find the treatment right for you contact Pegasus Pain Management.  To contact Pegasus Pain Management call (214) 702-5855