Facet syndrome occurs when the facet joints become inflamed, leading to pain, soreness, and stiffness. While facet joint syndrome mainly affects the lumbar spine, the cervical and thoracic spinal regions can also be affected. As a person ages, the structures that support the spine, like the intervertebral discs and facet joints, wear down due to years of strain and overuse. At California Chiropractic, we have been treating facet syndrome in residents of Los Angeles, Simi Valley, and Chatsworth for many years.
What is Facet Syndrome?
Facet syndrome refers to the degeneration of facet joints in the spine. Facet joints connect vertebrae, and they work with discs to provide the spine with support, stabilization, and shock absorption, allowing the spine to move with ease. Facets are covered with smooth, tough cartilage that facilitates frictionless movement. As one ages, cartilage erodes and the joints begin to weaken and degenerate. When the cartilage is completely eroded, adjacent vertebrae start rubbing against each other.
Causes of Facet Syndrome
Facet syndrome is propagated by joint degeneration from wear and tear, which naturally occurs due to aging. Other factors that exacerbate facet syndrome include:
- Spinal fractures
- Being overweight or obese
- Constant bending or twisting
- Poor posture
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Torn ligaments
- Traumatic injury
Facet Syndrome Symptoms
The location of the damaged joint and the magnitude of damage primarily affects the manifestation of symptoms. Some victims with facet syndrome will experience severe debilitating pain, while others will experience no pain at all. Symptoms include:
- Loss of mobility
- Burning nerve pain
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness
- Pins and needle-like sensation
- Bone spurs
Chiropractic Care for Facet Syndrome
When you visit California Chiropractic, we will perform a physical examination and discuss your medical history. Afterward, our chiropractor might recommend diagnostic tests like ultrasound, X-rays, and MRIs. Once the root cause of your facet syndrome has been established, our chiropractor will discuss potential treatment options with you. These include:
- Heat or cold therapy
- Spinal manipulation
- Corrective stretches and exercises
- Lifestyle adjustments
- Massage or laser therapy to improve circulation
Contact Us for Chiropractic Care in Los Angeles, Simi Valley, and Chatsworth
If you believe you are suffering from facet syndrome in Los Angeles, Simi Valley, or Chatsworth, contact California Chiropractic today. Our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system to determine whether or not you are suffering from facet syndrome and provide treatment accordingly. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call us today at (818) 686-5983.