For some, alternative medicine may prove useful in reducing the symptoms of facet syndrome including yoga, Pilates, chiropractic adjustment, or others. Many forms of conservative, nonsurgical treatment have shown to be effective in easing pain for many patients. Of course, before beginning any treatment regimen, consult a physician.
What is Facet Syndrome?
This condition generally describes the natural deterioration of the joints in the spine (facet joints). Like any joint in the body, the protective articular cartilage within these joints wears away over years of movement. This degeneration can progress to the point that bone-on-bone contact occurs. Inflammation results causing pain and stimulating the development of bone spurs. Bone spurs can cause further symptoms if they come into contact with a nearby spinal nerve or other soft tissue. Facet syndrome and/or bone spurs can cause symptoms that include:
- Localized pain
- Radiating pain
- Muscle weakness
Other Treatment Options
If after weeks or months of alternative treatments like aromatherapy, acupuncture, or other choices, little to no reduction in pain has been achieved, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed using state-of-the-art endoscopic technology. Our procedures are a safe, effective alternative to open spine surgery. Contact us today to learn more about how we may help you find relief from chronic neck and back pain and for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan.