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Facet Joint Syndrome

What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

The facet joints are the two bony attachments at the back of each vertebrae in the spine that allow for mobility and flexibility of the spine.  Like many joints within the body, the facet joints are susceptible to degenerative changes due to arthritis. When arthritis affects the facet joints, the joints lose cartilage and can cause inflammation, thickening of the joints, pain and the formation of small bone spurs.  This inflammation can cause pressure on the nerves that exit the spine, which is known as Facet Joint Syndrome. 

If you have Facet Joint Syndrome the common symptoms can include:

  • A dull pain in the neck or lower back
  • Pain that radiates into the extremities
  • Pain when standing for long periods of time
  • Pain when bending backward or twisting

The Spine Team at OSS Health has helped thousands of patients with Facet Joint Syndrome return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is Facet Joint Syndrome Treated at OSS Health?

At OSS Health, Facet Joint Syndrome is usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Spine Specialists at OSS Health create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options: 

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Corticosteroid injection
  • Nerve ablation

Surgery may be recommended if Facet Joint Syndrome does not respond to non-surgical treatment options. One of the most common procedures used is a Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion. The Board Certified Spine Surgeons at OSS Health are experts in a variety of Minimally Invasive Surgical procedures to treat Facet Joint Syndrome.

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