Spine Expert Dr. Liu with Atlantic Spine Center Offers Patients Tips to...
Treatment for facet joint syndrome should begin conservatively, and be designed to first treat the disease without any surgical intervention. Initial treatment begins with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve any swelling and inflammation that is causing pain. Ice can also aid in this, but heat should be avoided for the first 48 - 72 hours since it will cause more inflammation in the area. After 72 hours, heat is introduced as it increases blood flow and encourages healing.
If initial treatments fail to provide favorable results, activity modification, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatments are often the next step in finding relief. Physical therapy helps to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your spine, while activity modification helps you avoid placing too much strain on the facet joint.
In addition to the above treatments, rest, the use of a back brace, strength training, low-impact stretching exercises, swimming, and posture corrections are also good facet disease treatment options that are also good for overall back health. For the neck, a restraining collar, supportive neck pillow, or cervical traction may bring temporary relief when used alongside other treatments.
Facet joint disease treatment can be very successful in alleviating pain and discomfort, and an accurate diagnosis is critical to a successful treatment. An improper diagnosis may lead to an improper treatment option being prescribed, which can exacerbate the facet joint syndrome and may potentially cause recurring lower back problems.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu