Each section of your spine houses three joints. Each of these sections consist of 2 facet joints in the rear and one disc in the front. This complex grants you stability and supports the weight of everything above it. It also allows your range of motion and movement. Pain and inflammation of the facet joint is called facet syndrome.
What are the causes of facet syndrome?
The symptoms of facet syndrome can range, but the most common are pain, stiffness, and soreness.
The pain is caused by inflammation of the surrounding tissue. The levels of pain experienced can also vary, but are most severe during long periods of inactivity. This severe pain is experienced when sitting or standing for extended periods. Minor relief can be obtained by changing your position regularly. While moving may somewhat take the edge off the pain, any inactivity, including sleeping, can cause tremendous pain.
What are the symptoms of facet syndrome?
Though the pain may appear suddenly, for the most part, the pain is caused by wear and tear of the tendon that has happened over time, usually due to overuse or aging. Those who play sports such as tennis, swimming, golfing, basketball, baseball, and running may experience tendon pain as a result of repetitive motions.
Depending on the type and severity of your injury, physical therapy or rehabilitation may be the best solution to reducing and alleviating the pain and restoring the normal range of motion and strength of the effected tendon. Ongoing sports injury treatment can help you not only reduce the pain that you feel but also avoid any further damage and allow the damaged tendon to regenerate.
What are the treatments for facet syndrome?
There are many different sports medicine treatments available for facet syndrome. The particular treatment you will need will depend on your individual case.
If you’re experiencing pain from sports injuries or any of the symptoms listed above, make an appointment with our sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine today. Dr. Bob Meyer will diagnose the cause of your pain and create a custom treatment plan just for you.