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Health Update: Facet Syndrome
Millions of Americans suffer from facet syndrome, a condition responsible for chronic back pain or neck pain. Facet syndrome is commonly associated with the natural aging process, but it can also be seen in younger patients from an injury or overuse. Our office is highly experienced at alleviating back or neck pain in Tulsa, Oklahoma, patients with a variety of pain management treatments.
What is Facet Syndrome?
The spine functions as a three-joint structure, two facet joints located in the back and a large disc located in the front. These complex structures provide stability and support while the body moves. The facet joints experience constant movement and can become worn with time and repetitive overuse. When the facet joints become worn and inflamed, a patient may experience back pain or neck pain, soreness and stiffness.
Prolonged sitting, standing or inactivity can worsen the pain level. Many patients experience an elevated pain level in the morning and notice an improvement throughout the day while the body is in motion.
What Causes Facet Syndrome?
Facet syndrome can be caused by a variety of items, such as a back or neck injury, abnormal postures that overload the facet joints and surrounding structures and normal deterioration from aging. Patients may also experience back pain or neck pain associated with facet syndrome if they are overweight/obese, have a family history of the condition or overuse the facet joints during work or sports activities.
What are the Treatment Options for Facet Syndrome?
In order to properly treat facet syndrome, a pain physician must complete a thorough physical examination and medical history review to reach a diagnosis. A series of X-rays, an MRI scan or other diagnostic tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis of facet syndrome.
A pain physician may recommend a variety of pain management treatments to alleviate back pain or neck pain, including facet joint injections, medial branch blocks or radiofrequency neurotomy. Physical therapy and the use of anti-inflammatory medications may also be recommended to alleviate the pain associated with facet syndrome.
If you suffer from back pain or neck pain caused by facet syndrome, please contact The Office of Dr. Craig A. Day located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our pain physicians can recommend a pain management treatment plan designed specifically for each patient.