Facet Joint Syndrome Physical Therapy in Garden City, MI
What is Facet Joint Syndrome?
Facet joint syndrome (also referred to as facet joint pain) is one of the most common causes of back and neck pain in individuals over the age of 50. It is a form of arthritis of the spine which causes sufferers to experience joint pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
Facet joints are small joints that stabilize the majority of the vertebrae in the spine. They enable rotation while preventing over-twisting. Facet joint syndrome occurs when a facet joint becomes irritated or inflamed. It tends to develop in the neck and lower back areas, where the spine is under the greatest amount of pressure.
What Causes Facet Joint Syndrome?
Facet Joint syndrome is caused by factors related to injury, aging or arthritis, which cause the facet joints in the spine to degenerate. The joints are surrounded by cartilage, which ensures smooth movement where two bones meet.
When this cartilage breaks down, the joints become stiff and inflamed, meaning they are no longer able to produce lubricating fluid. This leads to further stiffness and increased cartilage deterioration. As the joints become inflamed, the swelling pinches local nerves, which causes sharp pain.
What are the Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome?
Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms of facet joint syndrome. Many sufferers complain of difficulty in looking to either side, standing up straight or sitting down easily. The severity and nature of the pain depends on its location, which is most commonly either the lower back or the neck.
As the facet joints are vital to spinal movement and flexibility, including one’s ability to bend at the waist, individuals with facet joint syndrome often develop poor posture and reduced spinal flexibility. They are also likely to experience swelling around the affected areas. All these symptoms can be alleviated by facet joint syndrome physical therapy.
What are the Benefits of Facet Joint Syndrome Physical Therapy?
Studies have shown that physical therapy will give effective, long-term relief to most facet joint syndrome sufferers. Your therapist will provide positions and exercises that will help reduce the pain by taking pressure off the joints.
Facet joint syndrome physical therapy will also help you to regain full motion and to strengthen the affected area to prevent a future reoccurrence. While temporary relief can be found in painkillers or heating pads, physical therapy is the best route to a full and lasting recovery.
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