When does facet disease develop?

Facet disease occurs when there is a degeneration of one or more of your facet joints. Just like many joints in your body, these structures have cartilage that promotes smooth movement at the points where vertebrae are stacked on top of each other. 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 in the following article can be the first step in regaining your life.

Facet disease 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:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Stiffness
  • Inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness

Facet disease treatment options

Before seeking surgical options, it is always recommended that patients exhaust all conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, pain medication, anti-inflammatories and cortisone injections. If conservative treatments have failed to offer you relief after several weeks or months, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our board-certified surgeons+ may be able to treat your facet disease symptoms.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our procedures use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate symptoms while resulting in a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.^ Reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a potential candidate for one of our procedures.