What should you expect from facet syndrome treatment?
If you have been diagnosed with facet syndrome, treatment is probably the first thing on your mind. Depending on the location and severity of the damage to your spine’s facet joints, as well as other factors like your overall health, your physician can help you determine which treatments give the best chance of providing you with relief from your symptoms. Each person’s diagnosis and course of treatment will differ, but there are some basic guidelines that everyone can expect from treatment.
Initial facet syndrome treatment
In all likelihood, your doctor will recommend nonsurgical treatments first. These techniques avoid the potential risks and complications associated with surgery, and they often produce the needed symptom relief over a few weeks or months.
Typical conservative facet syndrome treatment recommendations include:
- Being mindful of your posture throughout the day
- Incorporating low-impact exercise into your regular routine
- Taking time to stretch your spine
- Alternating use of hot and cold compression
- Taking medications to relieve symptoms
You may also choose to look into facet syndrome treatment alternatives like chiropractic care, acupuncture and other strategies for managing pain and other symptoms, just be sure to keep your primary care doctor informed of any new forms of treatment you pursue.
Surgery can be recommended in certain cases
In many cases, some combination of conservative treatment efforts will allow people to manage their symptoms without the need for surgical intervention. However, conservative treatment does not work for everyone. If you have tried various nonsurgical treatment methods for months without experiencing satisfactory relief from the issues associated with facet syndrome, you may want to explore your surgical options.
Advances in medical technology and surgical technique have allowed for the development of minimally invasive spine surgery to treat facet syndrome, such as the procedures we perform at Laser Spine Institute. Our approaches are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine procedures and offer our patients a shorter recovery period.^
To learn more about Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive facet syndrome treatment options, contact us today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.