How to ease joint compression

One of the main causes of pain in the neck or back is joint compression. Each of the vertebrae in your spine connects to those above and below with hinge-like bony protrusions called facet joints. These joints allow the spine to move and flex in many directions. But just like any joint in your body, facet joints can become worn down and cause pain, limited mobility, numbness, tingling and weakness.

These problems can occur due to injury or unnatural movement, but are typically the result of the natural degeneration of cartilage on the joints and the discs in between each vertebra. If you’re looking to relieve joint inflammation and to ease the pain and discomfort it is causing, read the following article to learn about the options available to you.

Chiropractic treatments for joint compression

One of the ways you can relieve joint compression is to visit a chiropractor. Many people have found chiropractic treatments to be an effective, yet temporary, method for easing their back pain caused by facet joint inflammation. A chiropractor might utilize a procedure called manual detection to first determine which specific joint is causing your problems. Then, using a procedure called manual manipulation or adjustment, your chiropractor will manually flex and mobilize the joint in question to improve range of motion, increase blood flow to the surrounding tissue and potentially ease your pain.

There are a variety of other conservative treatment options to relieve joint degeneration, such as physical therapy, hot and cold therapy, low-impact exercises, stretching and pain medication, but if these kinds of treatments have failed to reduce your neck or back pain after several weeks or months, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Whether your pain is caused by facet disease, a bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal arthritis or any other degenerative spine conditions, our outpatient procedures may be able to help you rediscover your life without neck or back pain.

Learn more about Laser Spine Institute’s joint compression procedures

At Laser Spine Institute, we have performed more than 75,000 patient procedures, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. By using a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing, we are able to perform a minimally invasive decompression procedure to remove the portion of the spine that is putting pressure on the joint. If you are interested in learning more about our outpatient procedures, reach out to our team today. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.