Facet Joint Pain

The facet joints help support weight-bearing and control movement between vertebrae of the spine. There are two facet joints (one on each side) at each spinal segment. These joints may degenerate. Degenerative joint changes are common in the older population, but may occur in younger adults, particularly with prior trauma. The initial treatment for facet joint pain is usually physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation and/or medication. If pain persists, rhizotomy, a procedure to deaden small nerves around the joint, may be done. In some persistent facet joint problems, surgery may be considered.

Symptoms Of Facet Joint Pain

Pain originating in a facet joint is generally in the lower back, buttocks and thighs.

Screening And Diagnosis For Facet Joint Pain

The diagnosis of facet joint pain is made after a complete medical history and physical examination. In addition, X-ray, CT or MRI may be ordered for further evaluation, but the appearance of facet joints on imaging studies is often non-specific. For patients with joint pain who fail to improve with usual care and for whom facet joint pain is strongly suspected, anesthetic “blocks” are the most specific means to determine if the joint is causing pain.

Treatments For Facet Joint Pain

The initial treatment for facet joint pain is usually physical therapy, chiropractic care and/or medication. If pain persists, a rhizotomy, a procedure to deaden small nerves around the joint, may be performed. This is generally only done after an injection has confirmed that the pain is coming from the facet joint. In some persistent facet joint problems, other surgery, such asposterior lumbar fusion (PLF), may be considered. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctor in deciding which treatment, if any, may be best for you.

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