Those diagnosed with facet syndrome may be initially treated with specific exercises. Based on overall health and the level of degeneration present in the affected facet joints, physicians may suggest exercise as a method to help alleviate facet joint pain. This treatment may seem counterintuitive, especially if your pain is particularly intense. However, performing a variety of low-impact exercises, such as swimming, water walking, stretching or yoga may be able to provide a number of pain-relieving benefits. Physical therapists are usually employed when starting an exercise treatment regimen. Physical therapists are trained to understand the condition and may better demonstrate proper exercise techniques. Always consult a physician before initiating any new exercise program; some exercises could make your condition worse.
Benefits of facet syndrome exercises
Exercise might provide you with helpful health benefits, including:
- Eased pain
- Reduced inflammation
- Restored range of motion
- Increased circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Strengthened bone and muscle
When conservative options fail
Conservative treatment options, such as facet syndrome exercises, pain medication and hot and cold therapy are usually effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with facet syndrome. In some cases, however, patients may not respond to conservative treatment and surgery may be recommended. It is a good idea to consider the least invasive surgical treatment possible. Please investigate the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. We offer effective procedures with shorter recovery periods and lower risks than traditional open spine surgeries of all types. Contact us today for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information.