Facet Syndrome

Facet Syndrome

                Each level of our spine is made up of three join complexes. One joint in the front, known as the intervertebral disc and two joints in the rear, known as facet joints. These joints allow the spine to be flexible and movable, yet strong and stable to support the weight of our bodies. During our everyday movement these joints experience constant repetitive motion which can lead to wear and tear. Repetitive motions can cause these joints to move slightly out of place (subluxated) and become restricted in movement or develop too much motion at that specific joint, all of which can affect our overall movement.

                Facet Syndrome is when these joints move out of their normal position and become inflamed, which in turn can create soreness, stiffness, and pain. These symptoms can be made worse with sitting all day, movement, changing positions, and even poor posture. The cause of this issue is typically poor posture or repetitive microtraumas to an affected joint. Since these joints are located in every region of our spine, different symptoms can present for different people. Cervical facet joint pain can present in the mid-back, shoulders, neck, or at the base of the skull, while the lumbar spine can present with pain all the way down the buttocks and back of the thighs and everything in between.

                Since facet syndrome is typically due to the malposition of the joint, it can typically be corrected with a simple adjustment to that joint, correcting it to its proper position. Therapy and exercises are common to help with the inflammation of that area and to train the muscles of that area to strengthen and stabilize the joint. Restoring proper motion of the joint is the goal of the patient and the doctor to help relieve any pain and allow the patient to be able to perform their regular daily activities.

                If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms please give us a call at Circle City Chiropractic. We have 2 locations, one in Indianapolis (317)288-5480 and Westfield (317)818-0940. Please feel free to call, we would love to answer any questions and assist you with your health concerns.   

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