Facet disease is a condition that affects the facet joints – the structures that link the vertebrae of your spine to one another. This disease can be particularly debilitating, as the symptoms can affect your normal, active lifestyle. If you simply can’t enjoy your morning jog due to persistent back pain, are troubled by numbness and weakness in your lower body while sitting at your desk at work, you may be suffering from any of the symptoms of facet disease and their effects on your quality of life. Learning more about this condition, its causes, symptoms and possible treatment options is a great first step toward regaining your normal, healthy lifestyle.
Causes and Symptoms
Facet disease occurs when there is a degeneration of one or more of your facet joints. Just like many joints in your body, these structures have cartilage that promotes smooth movement at the points where vertebrae are stacked on top of each other. Cartilage naturally deteriorates over time, and this degeneration is the most common cause of facet disease, but it can also be caused by injury or misuse.
Facet joints provide mobility, stability, and support to the spine, so you can imagine the symptoms that might arise due to facet joint problems. These can include back pain, neck pain, leg pain, stiffness, inflammation, and bone spurs that can impinge on spinal nerves causing weakness, numbness, pain, or tingling, and more.
So, you’re going to see the doctor to discuss treatment methods for your facet disease. What can you expect? An injection of numbing medication into the joint is a common first step which can often be effective in resolving the pain associated with facet joint problems. For some patients, however, surgery becomes an option. If you’re suffering from facet joint issues and their related symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our board-certified surgeons perform a variety of state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures that are safe and effective and have helped tens of thousands of patients rediscover their lives without back pain.