Treatment and recovery for facet syndrome

Facets are joints of the spine, both cervical and lumbar, which enable the spine to move. Facet syndrome occurs when facets in the spine deteriorate. This typically happens as a result of the natural aging process, injury and gradual wear on the body. It can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as pain associated with motions like twisting or bending as well as carrying heavy loads. These symptoms are usually localized to the affected area but can spread to the limbs. Treatment and recovery for this condition can vary greatly, so if you suspect you may have facet syndrome, you should visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Read on to learn about the treatment methods and recovery time associated with a facet syndrome diagnosis.

Facet syndrome treatment

Following a facet syndrome diagnosis, your doctor will likely recommend a conservative treatment regimen to help relieve your pain and discomfort. Some of these nonsurgical methods include:

  • Physical therapy to improve mobility and strength
  • Hot and cold compression therapy applied to the affected site
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin or Aleve
  • Steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Medrol and Prednisone
  • Changes in daily activity and lifestyle, such as making sure to take frequent breaks to reduce the pressure on your spine, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and losing excess weight

In addition to these conservative methods, some patients choose to pursue alternative remedies like yoga, chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture. If these forms of treatment are not effective at managing symptoms, then surgery may be recommended. There are traditional open spine surgeries that can be performed through a large incision in the throat, neck, back and abdomen, but these procedures have a much higher risk of complication and infection than minimally invasive surgeries.

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive decompression procedures result in a no lengthy recovery^ since they are performed through a less than 1-inch incision as well as muscle-sparing techniques. Thereby, resulting in less bleeding and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^

Facet syndrome recovery

If you are a candidate for a facet syndrome treatment at Laser Spine Institute, the recovery time can vary based upon a number of factors, including the severity and location of the symptoms and the patient’s individual health. 88 percent of our patients return to their normal daily activities within three months of their decompression procedure with us.^

There is no way to completely reverse the effects of a deteriorated facet joint, but a minimally invasive procedure can offer many advantages over traditional procedures to manage your symptoms. Since 2005, we have had the privilege of helping more than 75,000 patients find relief from their debilitating conditions, such as facet syndrome.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost MRI review* to learn if our outpatient procedures would be effective in relieving your chronic neck or back pain.