Lumbosacral facet syndrome is a type of degenerative arthritis that occurs between the lower back and pelvis and may cause significant pain throughout the lower body if left untreated. Because the lower back is under constant stress due to supporting much of the body’s weight, the deterioration of the facet joints in this area of the body is extremely common. Treatments for lumbosacral facet syndrome typically start off with noninvasive, conservative options. In the event that these treatments prove ineffective, facet disease surgery may be recommended to relieve pain.
The degeneration of facet joint surfaces often occurs as part of the natural aging process. This degeneration mainly affects the articular cartilage that covers and protects facet joints, leading to spinal osteoarthritis. In addition to aging, the deterioration rate of the facet joints can also be accelerated by injury. As the cartilage of the joints disappears, bone-on-bone contact occurs, causing inflammation that can develop into severe, chronic pain in the lower body. Eventually, the joints lose their ability to properly function.
Physicians initially try to treat lumbosacral facet syndrome, and most other types of spinal arthritis via conservative measures. The goal of these moderate treatments is maintaining flexibility and managing the patient’s pain. Some of the usual techniques recommended to a patient suffering from osteoarthritis include:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- A healthy diet
- Deep tissue massage
- The application of heat
- Vertebral manipulation
In many instances, some combination of these therapies will lead to considerable relief for patients. However, in some cases, patients may not respond to conservative treatment and surgery is prescribed. In this case, it is reasonable to determine the least invasive efficacious surgical treatment possible. Please investigate the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, which offers efficacious procedures with shorter recovery period and lower risk of complications when compared with traditional open spine surgery of all types. Contact us today for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information.