Facet Syndrome

What is Facet Syndrome?


Facet syndrome is a functional alteration of a particular part of the spine. The facet joints connect the posterior or back part of the vertebra together. Sometimes these joints can become stiff and generate pain. These joints require motion to be healthy. If this motion is altered due to degeneration or improper healing following injury, inflammation and pain often results. Below you will see the facet joints including an example of how these joints move in the low back.

Common Causes of Facet Syndrome
pelvic distortion


While there is no one cause of Facet Syndrome and spinal arthritis, there are many contributing factors. These factors can include genetics, faulty movement patterns in the lumbar spine, chronic pelvic distortion, fascial scar tissue from old injuries, poor posture and others. Ultimately the issues that contribute to facet syndrome can layer upon one another and it is not uncommon that other spinal conditions are present at the same time such as degenerative disc disease and herniated discs.


Treatment approaches

A major focus to relieve the effects of facet syndrome is to restore function. Restoration of function can relieve some inflammation, reducing pain and improving quality of life. Treatments can vary from medications to specialized injections to block the nerve signal to the brain. It is important to note that continued dysfunction results in faster than n0rmal degeneration and onset of arthritis. These arthritic changes cannot be reversed, however the effects of the arthritis can often be improved with proper functional restoration which ultimately results in quality of life improvement.

What’s Next?

To learn more about conservative treatment options for facet issues, feel free to provide your contact information and we will mail you our “Severe Back, Sciatica, & Disc Pain Guide” and our “Severe Back Pain Exercise Guide” FREE of charge. These guides will further educate you about conservative treatment options related to disc and spine problems.

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