22 Jun 4 Signs your Back Pain may be Facet Syndrome
100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and about a third of them suffer from chronic back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, here are 4 signs it can be facet syndrome. Read on to find out more.
Facet joints are small joints that are located between each vertebra, and are in constant motion. These joints allow stability and flexibility in the spine helping us to walk, sit and bend. With age, the cartilage that cushions the facet joints, wears out, causing the bones to rub together and bone spurs to develop. These joints can also become inflamed after an injury.
Signs that you might be suffering from facet syndrome –
#1 – Lower back pain that radiates into the buttocks or back of the thighs
The inflammation of the facet joints can make pain radiate to buttocks and legs, when the facet syndrome affects the lower part of the spine.
#2 – Neck pain radiates into the shoulders and arms
When facet joints in the cervical or upper spine are inflamed, pain can radiate up to the back of the head or down to the back of the shoulders and arms.
#3 – Bone rubs on bone during movement
If you can hear the sound of bone rubbing on bone, it is a sign that the cartilage has completely worn out due to facet syndrome.
#4 – Unusually curved spine
Pain so severe that it compromises your posture is a big sign of facet syndrome. In such cases, you should immediately consult an experienced pain management doctor for a customized treatment plan.
If you have any questions about pain management in Gilbert or Chandler, AZ, call Desert Interventional Spine Consultants (DISC) at 480-838-1914. DISC is committed to providing the highest quality spine care with cutting edge interventional pain treatments and precise diagnostic tests.
Pain management doctors in Gilbert AZ, at DISC, take a personalized approach to understanding dysfunction at its core. Working with each patient’s unique history, diagnostics and lifestyle, pain doctors create individualized treatment plans.