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Facet Joint Syndrome

Each vertebra in your spine is connected to the adjacent vertebrae by a large, cushiony disc and two facet joints, one on each side. These facet joints keep the bones of your spine linked together while allowing your spine to bend and rotate.

Sometimes these joints can deteriorate and become inflamed. This inflammation can irritate the facet nerves and surrounding tissues, causing pain.

What causes fact joint syndrome?

Facet joint syndrome is caused by degenerative changes to the joints between the spine bones. Though it can affect most age groups, facet joint syndrome is most common among the elderly population.

As we age, the cartilage in our joints starts to deteriorate from years of use and exertion. This makes them more susceptible to failure and misalignment, which can cause pain.

Some common things that can impact how the joints move and align include:

  • Trauma/injury
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive movements

As the cartilage in the facet joint(s) breaks down, the space between vertebrae is reduced and the bones begin to rub together.

What are symptoms of facet joint syndrome?

The symptoms of facet joint syndrome often depend on where along the spine the issue is occurring.

If the cervical (neck) facet joints are impacted, you may have trouble rotating your head without pain. You may also experience headaches.

If the thoracic (upper back) facet joints are affected, you may experience a throbbing pain along that portion of your back and may need to rotate your entire body to look right or left.

If the facet joints in the lumber (lower back) are impacted, you may experience stiffness, pain while standing straight, pain while initiating movement, and throbbing pain that may radiate from your buttocks to your knees.

How is facet joint syndrome treated?

Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers a variety of effective treatment options to relieve pain caused by facet joint syndrome:


Schedule an appointment with Twin Cities Pain Clinic to learn how we can help treat your facet joint syndrome pain.


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