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Facet Disease Causes


Facet disease causes are numerous and wide-ranging. As such, this condition is the most common source of lower back problems. As its name implies, facet disease originates in the facet joints, which link the spinal vertebrae together and allow the spine to flex, rotate, twist and extend freely. When there is a breakdown, or degeneration, of these joints, they can become arthritic and painful, possibly leading to a diagnosis of facet disease.

Facet disease causes can range from family history to illness, and include:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • General wear and tear
  • Weakened immune system
  • Traumatic bone fractures
  • Obesity
  • Improper lifting
  • Poor rest positions
  • Spondylolisthesis

facet disease causes

You can educate yourself further on the reasons facet joints are prone to breakdown and injury by reviewing our degenerative facet joints page.

Facet disease can sometimes be tricky to diagnose because it closely mimics other conditions, such as a herniated disc, stress fracture or torn muscle. Facet disease symptoms include:

  • Tenderness near inflamed joints
  • Lower back pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Decreased mobility and/or flexibility
  • Muscle weakness

If you believe you are susceptible to any of the aforementioned facet disease causes and you are experiencing facet disease symptoms, contact your physician or other health care provider. Through diagnosis, X-rays or an MRI, he or she can determine whether your pain is related to facet disease and prescribe a treatment plan. To learn more about treatment options, visit our facet disease treatments page.

Beyond standard treatment, there is another option available for pain relief — the minimally invasive procedures performed on an outpatient basis at Laser Spine Institute. With a shorter recuperation time and higher recovery rate than traditional open back surgery, Laser Spine Institute’s treatments can help you find relief from your chronic discomfort. Contact us today for a free review of your MRI or CT scan, and to learn more about our state-of-the-art facilities.

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