Facet Joint Syndrome Treatment in Boston, MA
What Is Facet Joint Syndrome?
Facet joint syndrome is a problem with the facet joints of the spine. These are the joints where one vertebra connects to another. They support your spine, while allowing it to bend and twist. With this syndrome, these joints become stiff and painful.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of facet joint syndrome in the Boston area, spine surgeon Frank Pedlow, MD may be able to help. Dr. Pedlow has more than 30 years of experience as a spine surgeon and was named Top Spine Doctor in Boston in 2021. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation in Boston. Give us a call at (617) 227-9300 or use our secure form.
Facet Joint Anatomy
In a healthy facet joint, the surfaces of the bones are lined with cartilage and glide against each other smoothly. The joint is covered with a capsule of connective tissue and contains lubricating fluid.
When you have facet joint syndrome, these joints are damaged and swollen. This can happen because of injury or overuse. The cartilage may wear away, so the bones don’t glide smoothly. This makes it hard for your spine to bend and twist properly.
What Are the Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome?
It depends on which part of the spine is affected. You may have trouble turning your head. You may find it hard to stand up from a chair. It may be hard to stand up straight, so you may hunch over when you walk. And you may have pain and other problems.
Facet Joint Syndrome Treatment
How do we treat it? We start with things like joint injections, medications, and physical therapy. If these don’t help, we can treat the nerve roots to block pain. We may recommend surgery. Your doctor will create a plan that’s right for you.