Facet Joint Syndrome Treatment in Huntsville
What is Facet Joint Syndrome?
This condition is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist. The pain management providers at Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants are specialty trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions in patients. If you are experiencing symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome and are considering treatment, please call (256) 265-7246 or request an appointment online to schedule your visit at our pain management clinic in Huntsville. Our providers will take the time to determine the cause of your condition and the treatment options that best fits your lifestyle.
Facet joint syndrome occurs when the facet joints become stressed and damaged. This damage can occur from everyday wear and tear, injury to the back or neck or because of degeneration of an intervertebral disc.
The cartilage that covers the stressed facet joints gradually wears away. The joints become swollen and stiff. The vertebral bones rub directly against each other, which can lead to the growth of bone spurs along the edges of the facet joints.
What Are the Cervical Symptoms?
Pain from facet joint syndrome differs depending on which region of the spine is damaged. If the cervical, or upper spine is affected, pain may be felt in the neck, shoulders, and upper or middle back. The person may also experience headaches.
What Are the Lumbar Symptoms?
If the lumbar, or lower spine, is affected pain may be felt in the lower back, buttocks and back of the thigh.
How is Facet Joint Syndrome Treated?
Facet joint syndrome is first treated conservatively with rest, ice, heat, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. In addition, facet joint blocks may be administered not only to diagnose facet joint pain but also to treat it. If non-surgical methods fail to relieve pain, a facet rhizotomy or bone fusion may be performed.
Schedule an Appointment for Facet Joint Syndrome in Huntsville Today
Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants specialize in the treatment of facet joint syndrome and other spine conditions at our pain management clinic in Huntsville. If you are experiencing symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome and are weighing your treatment options, please call (256) 265-7246 or request an appointment online.