What is facet joint syndrome precisely?
Facet joint syndrome is basically another term for osteoarthritis. It is a pain at the joints between the vertebrae in your spine. Facet joints are the joints that make your spine flexible. so that you can twist and bend. Problems with the facet joints are common, but they can result in disability and they can make for serious symptoms. One good thing about facet joint syndrome is that the nerves in the spine are not usually affected.
Facet joint syndrome can produce symptoms rather like those you get when you have a herniated disc. Alternatively, the symptoms may resemble those normally associated with a torn spine muscle, a fracture, or a deep infection, or a torn muscle in the lower back.
Because facet joint syndrome mimics symptoms cause by other health problems, sufferers need to get thorough diagnoses.
Symptoms associated with facet joint syndrome
A doctor is unable to make an accurate diagnosis of acute facet joint syndrome while the symptoms persist.
Symptoms include the following:
- intermittent, but acute lower back or cervical facet joint pain. These symptoms may happen a few times a year, or sometimes, a few times a month. They are completely unpredictable.
- Many sufferers have a persistent tenderness over inflamed facet joints, combined with a loss of flexibility in the spinal muscles.
- It is ore painful to bend backwards than to bend forwards.
- Lower back pain can spread into the buttocks and down the back of the legs. Sometimes, but not very often, the pain might be at the front of the leg, or it could even spread below the knee and into the foot.
- Cervical facet joint problems may manifest themselves locally, or they may present themselves in painful shoulders and in the upper back. The pain rarely goes down into the arms or fingers. A herniated disc can more often cause pain in these areas.
How can you treat this syndrome?
There are several ways to treat facet joint syndrome.
- Exercises can be given to sufferers by the medical profession. These exercises are a long-term solution.
- You can help yourself by maintaining good posture at all times. You may find that one of our back-support products helps immensely. When the pain is really bad, a car support may be necessary, as might a chair support.
- Heat can help alleviate pain, as can cold therapy treatments.
- Anti-inflammatory products can help, but these are not meant to be long-term solutions.
- Surgery is also an option, although it might not be very effective. Our clients say that surgery did not work for them. This is fairly obvious as these people buy our product range.
Often a change of lifestyle can help with facet joint syndrome, especially if you use our back-support products or our Backrack. All our products have been designed by Harley Street spine specialist who specialise in treating patients with back problems.
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