What is Facet Joint disorder?
Facet joint disorders are some of the most common of all the recurrent, disabling low back and neck problems. However, facet joint problems rarely involve the spinal nerves. Symptoms may closely imitate other conditions and the right treatment is crucial.
The posterior facet joints are synovial joints, similar to other joints in the human body. They experience constant, repeated motion, and can wear out. They also can become stiff in or develop too much movement resulting in pain.
Common causes of Facet Joint disorder
Facet joint syndrome can be caused due to trauma, whiplash to the neck when in a car crash, or abnormal postures that can overload the tissues in the spine. Degenerative change is most common in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, that puts additional stress on the facet joints.
Common symptoms of facet joint disorder
- Muscle spasms
- Pain, numbness, and muscle weakness
- Pain in different parts based on the affected area
- Pain felt felt down the arms or legs
- Pain when sitting or standi ng too long
When to see a doctor for Facet Joint disorder?
- Neck and back pain
- Persistent pain
- Numbness or loss of feeling