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Facet Disease

Facet Disease

Facet disease can be a debilitating condition. Patients often suffer from chronic pain and symptoms associated with the condition. Before looking into treatment options, it is important to understand the condition itself. Facet disease occurs during the degeneration of the facet joints, which connect the vertebrae in your spine together. This can cause pain, numbness and weakness, often impacting a patient’s quality of life. Learning more about this condition can be the first step in regaining your life.

Causes and symptoms

Like all joints in your body, facet joints are covered in cartilage, which lubricates the joints to ensure smooth movement. During the natural aging process, this cartilage begins to deteriorate, becoming the number one cause of facet disease. However, facet disease can also be caused by misuse or injury in some cases.

Because facet joints offer stability, support and mobility, during the deterioration of these joints, patients often experience chronic symptoms. These generally include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Leg pain
  • Stiffness
  • Inflammation
  • Bone spurs
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Treatment options

Before seeking surgical options, it is always recommended that patients exhaust all conservative treatments. In fact, nearly 90 percent of people who suffer from neck or back pain will experience relief from conservative treatments and rest within three weeks of the onset of their symptoms. If conservative treatments have failed to offer you relief, Laser Spine Institute offers effective minimally invasive procedures to treat the symptoms associated with your condition. Contact us today to speak with a Spine Care Consultant and to receive a free review of your most recent MRI or CT scan.

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