One of the main causes of pain in the back and/or neck is joint compression. Each of the vertebrae in your spine connects to those above and below with hinge-like, bony protrusions called facet joints. These joints allow the spine to move and flex in a number of directions. But just like any joint in your body, facet joints can become worn down and cause pain, limited mobility, and other symptoms. These problems can occur due to injury or unnatural movement, but is typically the result of the natural degeneration of cartilage on the joints and the discs in between each vertebra. If you’re looking to relieve joint inflammation and to ease the pain and other symptoms it is causing, what options do you have?
One of the ways you can relieve joint compression and the related symptoms is to visit a chiropractor. Many people have found chiropractic treatments to be an effective, yet temporary, method for easing their back pain caused by facet joint inflammation. A chiropractor might utilize a procedure called manual detection to first determine which specific joint is causing your problems. Then, using a procedure called manual manipulation or adjustment, your chiropractor will manually flex and mobilize the joint in question in an effort to improve range of motion, increase blood flow to the surrounding tissue, and potentially ease your pain.
There are a variety of other conservative treatment options to relieve joint degeneration, such as physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, exercise, stretching, and more, but if these kinds of treatments have failed to reduce your back or neck pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Whether your pain is caused by facet disease, a bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal arthritis, or any of a number of degenerative spine conditions, our innovative outpatient procedures may be able to help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.