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Facet Syndrome and Spondylosis

Arthritis of the Spine

Spondylosis is a catch-all term used to describe degenerative conditions in the spine. It’s a common culprit behind neck pain and back pain for people of all ages, especially within the older population. People with this condition also have facet syndrome, the dysfunction of small pairs of joints that connect adjacent vertebrae. 

At Integrated Pain Solutions, our pain management team works to reduce pain and dysfunction caused by arthritis of the spine. If your back pain is affecting your daily life, we encourage you to call us so you can get the help you need: (614) 383-6450

Types of Spondylosis

In most cases, spondylosis develops due to normal “wear and tear” on the spine that occurs over the course of a person’s life. Of course, not all people develop arthritis of the spine as they age. You may be more at risk of developing spondylosis if you have a family history of back problems, an inactive lifestyle, a prior back or neck injury, or a physically demanding job that requires frequent lifting, bending, or twisting.

In addition to facet syndrome, specific underlying conditions that may occur in conjunction with spondylosis include:

  • Degenerative disc disease: chronic breakdown and thinning of spinal discs
  • Spinal stenosis: narrowing of spaces in the spine
  • Spondylolisthesis: misalignment of a spinal segment relative to the ones adjacent to it
  • Sacroiliitis: inflammation and irritation of the sacroiliac joints in your pelvis

Signs and symptoms of spondylosis vary in type, frequency, and duration. Common issues include stiffness, muscle spasms and weakness, tenderness, back pain, and limb pain and numbness (if nerve compression develops).

Treatment for Facet Syndrome and Spondylosis

Treatment options for facet syndrome may include physical therapy to restore joint mobility and alignment, injections of analgesic medication, and radiofrequency ablation – cauterization of a nerve to a damaged joint. Your treatment plan will be customized to meet your specific goals and needs, and may include evidence-based solutions such as:

  • Physical therapy, including exercises, soft tissue mobilization, and non-invasive pain-relieving modalities
  • Nerve block or spinal joint injections
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle and nutritional guidance

We always use thorough diagnostic services to identify the exact cause of your spondylosis. But research shows services such as the ones we offer can help even if it’s not exactly clear what’s causing your neck pain (so-called “idiopathic” cases).

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