What is bilateral facet joint?

What is bilateral facet joint?

What is bilateral facet joint?

Facet joint syndrome is an arthritis-like condition of the spine that can be a significant source of back and neck pain. It is caused by degenerative changes to the joints between the spine bones. The cartilage inside the facet joint can break down and become inflamed, triggering pain signals in nearby nerve endings.

Is facet joint pain serious?

Any back pain that occurs more than once from no particular cause is reason to see a doctor. If facet joint pain is suspected, most doctors will administer one or more numbing injections into the area of spinal pain as a diagnostic test. If the injections bring relief, facet joint deterioration is the culprit.

What are symptoms of facet joint problems?

Symptoms of Lumbar Facet Joint Disorders

  • Localized pain. A dull ache is typically present in the lower back.
  • Referred pain. The pain may be referred to the buttocks, hips, thighs, or knees, rarely extending below the knee.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Tenderness on palpation.
  • Effect of posture and activity.
  • Stiffness.
  • Crepitus.

    What exercises can I do with facet joint pain?

    With facet joint impingement, the best modes of aerobic exercise are:

    • slow walking.
    • stationary cycling.
    • Elliptical machine.

      How do you treat an inflamed facet joint?

      Treatments that may be performed at home to relieve lumbar facet pain include:

      1. Applying heat therapy.
      2. Using a cold pack.
      3. Supporting the lumbar curve.
      4. Avoiding activities that worsen the pain.
      5. Staying active.
      6. Engaging in low-impact exercises.
      7. Using a supportive brace.

      How do you diagnose facet joint syndrome?

      Diagnosis of facet syndrome is made primarily from the history and physical exam. If facet syndrome is suspected, diagnostic imaging can be obtained. Imaging includes but is not limited to X-Rays, MRI, and CT scan. X-Rays will be done in-house at our facility during your initial consultation.