Facet Joint Syndrome, is a common arthritis-like condition causing neck and lower back pain. Your healthcare provider will work with you to diagnose and treat your facet joint syndrome.
Facet Joint Syndrome FAQ
Facet joints are small joints located in the neck and back keeping your spine both stable and flexible. Due to normal aging, these joints are subject to wear and tear that can lead to back and neck pain. Facet joint syndrome is often seen as a result of heavy lifting, obesity, repetitive motion, and genetic predisposition. Facet joint syndrome is characterized by neck or lower back stiffness and pain.
To determine whether you are suffering from facet joint syndrome or from another condition, your provider will start with a comprehensive medical review and physical exam. Diagnostic tests that include x-rays, lab results, and/or MRIs will also be reviewed.
Facet joint syndrome may be treated in many ways including non-opioid adjuvant medications, radiofrequency ablation, and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. Facet joint syndrome may be treated as part of a care team model involving pain psychology, pain management, and primary care specialties working together.