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Spinal Facet Syndrome

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General

Spinal facet syndrome is the result of your facet joints (the small joints located between each vertebra) becoming inflamed and causing pain. Facet joints provide the spine with stability and flexibility for walking, running, sitting, etc. To allow the joint surfaces to glide easily over each other, the surfaces are lined with cartilage, which gradually wears away as we age, or through overuse in younger years. In some cases creating growths called “bone spurs”. Friction leads to the tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and pain of arthritis. While inflammation is usually temporary, a failure to treat the condition may cause long lasting or permanent disability. Sudden trauma, arthritis, gout and excess weight are further risk factors for Spinal Facet Syndrome.

Friction leads to the tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and pain of arthritis. While inflammation is usually temporary, a failure to treat the condition may cause long lasting or permanent disability.

Sudden trauma, arthritis, gout and excess weight are further risk factors for Spinal Facet Syndrome.

There are several ways to treat Facet Syndrome, both pharmacologic and using interventional options. Some of the medications that will likely be used include NSAIDs ( such Ibuprofen or Naprozen) and other over the counter or prescriptions pain relievers. Some of the interventions that can be used to reduce symptoms include:

Medial Branch Facet Blocks: These blocks are a minimally invasive procedure and works by reducing inflammation and irritation in teh facet joints. If the procedure proves to be beneficial. Radiofrequency Ablation (rhyzotomy), a more long term solution, will often be the next step to return the patient back to their normal life.

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