Facet syndrome exercises
Those diagnosed with facet syndrome may be initially treated with conservative, nonsurgical therapies. One of the most common types of conservative treatments for facet syndrome is low-impact exercise.
Exercise helps to alleviate pressure on the damaged facet joint because it strengthens the muscles around the spine in order to help support the body’s weight. It can also subsequently cause weight loss, which helps reduce the pressure on the spine and facet joints.
The type of facet syndrome exercises recommended will be based on your overall health and the level of degeneration present in the affected facet joints. This treatment may seem counterintuitive, especially if your pain is particularly intense. However, performing a variety of low-impact exercises such as swimming, water walking, stretching or yoga may be able to provide a number of pain-relieving benefits.
Physical therapists are often used when starting an exercise treatment program. Physical therapists are trained to understand spine conditions and the musculoskeletal system and may better demonstrate the proper exercise techniques to help you avoid injury.
Always consult a physician before be any new exercise program as some exercises could make your condition worse.
Benefits of facet syndrome exercises
Exercise may provide you with helpful health benefits, including:
- Eased pain
- Reduced inflammation
- Restored range of motion
- Increased circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Strengthened bone and muscle
Your physician may recommend that you combine your exercise program with other conservative treatments, such as pain medication, stretches and/or hot and cold therapy.
When conservative options fail
Conservative treatment options, such as facet syndrome exercises, pain medication and hot and cold therapy are usually effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with facet syndrome. In some cases, however, patients may not respond to conservative treatment and surgery may be recommended.
Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to the highly invasive nature of traditional open neck and back surgery. We offer minimally invasive procedures with shorter recovery periods§ and lower risks than traditional open spine surgeries.
Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgeries. Let us help you take the next step toward pain relief.