Facet (pronounced “Fah-set”) joints are bony connectors of one vertebra to another. Each spinal level contains two facet joints; one on either side of the spine. These joints guide and limit the amount of spinal movement. Like other joints in the body, they can get inflamed as a result of injury or arthritis. This may cause stiffness, pain and loss of function. This is called Facet Joint Syndrome and can be treated with facet blocks and other procedures.
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Symptoms – Specific symptoms depend on the location of the affected joint and the degree to which the nerves are affected.
Diagnosis – The most important information used in the diagnosis of Facet Joint Syndrome is the patient’s description of the pain.
Treatment – Treatment of facet joint pain often includes physical therapy as well as interventional procedures.