Facet Syndrome Specialist

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Facet Syndrome services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

If you experience uncomfortable neck or back pain because of facet syndrome, or damage to the joints in your spine, help is available at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain. The skilled pain management specialists diagnose your condition and offer treatments to give you the relief you long for. Call the office in Newark or Milford, Delaware, to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Q & A

What is facet syndrome?

Facet syndrome, also known as facet joint syndrome, is an arthritis-like problem in your spine that can cause ongoing neck and back pain when left untreated. 

Degenerative changes to joints within the bones in your spine cause facet syndrome, as cartilage inside facet joints breaks down and becomes inflamed or irritated. This, in turn, makes it difficult for affected joints to move fluidly. 

See the experts at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain at the first sign of a problem.

What are the symptoms of facet syndrome?

Common symptoms of facet syndrome include:

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Buttocks pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain with movement
  • Radiating pain

The discomfort you feel because of facet syndrome can radiate down your arms or legs. It may come and go during flare-ups or linger over the long term. 

What are the risk factors for facet syndrome?

The most common causes and risk factors of facet syndrome include:

  • Age-related wear-and-tear
  • Repetitive movements 
  • Poor posture
  • Carrying excess weight
  • Other spine conditions
  • Poor spinal alignment
  • Previous spine injuries
  • Arthritis

Facet joint syndrome commonly affects men and women ages 40-70.

How does my provider diagnose facet syndrome?

To diagnose facet syndrome and treat it properly, your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain specialist asks about your medical history and symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and feel for tenderness in your spine.

You might need blood tests, X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, another imaging procedure, or a diagnostic facet joint injection to confirm the cause of your discomfort. 

How is facet syndrome treated?

Your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments for facet syndrome:

  • Improving your posture
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching, strengthening, and cardiovascular exercises
  • Medications
  • Bracing
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Steroid joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Surgery

Nerve ablation uses an electrode and radiofrequency energy to destroy painful nerves. Spinal fusion and other surgeries can also alleviate pain caused by facet joint syndrome.

To get relief from facet syndrome, call Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain or use the online booking feature today.

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