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Does Facet Joint Pain Go Away?  

Does facet joint pain go away? Elite Family Chiropractic

Does Facet Joint Pain Go Away?  


Facet joint pain especially in the context of facet joint syndrome is a multifaceted condition that requires careful consideration and comprehensive management. Chiropractors with experience in injury and trauma can be an asset.

With its focus on diagnosis, management, manual adjustments and collaboration with medical professionals it emerges as a valuable resource in addressing facet joint pain.

In this article we discuss facet joint pain and the importance of including chiropractic in the conservative management on facet joint problems. 


What are Facet Joints? 

Facet joints are small joints located between the vertebrae of the spine. Facet joints have smooth surfaces covered with cartilage, which facilitates smooth gliding movements during activities like bending and twisting. 

Facet joints are intricately connected with ligament connective tissue and lubricated by synovial fluid.

Occasionally, facet joints can pinch a part of the connective tissue surrounding the joint, leading to “meniscoid entrapment” or “Facet Syndrome.” This phenomenon adds another layer of complexity to the understanding of facet joint pain and underscores the importance of a nuanced approach to diagnosis and treatment.


Understanding Facet Joint Pain 

Facet joint pain occurs when these joints become inflamed or damaged. This can result from various factors, including: 


What is Facet Joint Syndrome? 

Facet Joint Syndrome is a condition arising from injuries to the spine. Facet joints, integral components of the spine, can cause pain and even refer pain to various parts of the body, including upper and lower extremities, chest wall, and head. 

The International Association for the Study of Pain found that approximately 50% of chronic spinal pain sufferers have facet joint involvement. Moreover, a study by Manchikanti et al. (2004) revealed that 54% of whiplash patients reported the prevalence of facet joint pain, with varying ratios across different regions of the spine. 


Diagnosis of Facet Joint Syndrome Should Be Collaborative 

Diagnosing facet joint pain is a complex process. Clinical examination alone is insufficient, accurate diagnosis often requires imaging studies such as x-rays and MRI to rule out additional pathology. Diagnostic injections are employed to pinpoint the source of pain accurately. 

A collaborative approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s condition and facilitates targeted and effective treatment strategies.

Using conservative care (chiropractic & LLLT) in addition to less intense methods before medical interventions is important to deal with reducing risks, and optimizing successful outcomes.

However collaboration of conservative and medical care may be necessary to make facet joint pain go away. 


When to Seek Care

The prevalence of facet joint pain varies depending on the region of the spine. The prevalence of chronic cervical and lumbar spine pain is 55% and 31%, respectively. 

If facet joint pain persists or worsens despite self-care measures, a trial of chiropractic care may be warranted before medical intervention. Signs that you may need to seek care include:


Does Facet Joint Pain Go Away? 

Severity of the condition, treatment approach, and patient compliance may play a major role in ensuring facet joint pain goes away. Some treatments options may include:


The Importance of Chiropractic Care in Managing Facet Joint Pain

Chiropractic care involves manual adjustments that aim to realign the spine, reducing pressure on the facet joints and alleviating pain. Collaborating with a doctor on diagnostic injections is another aspect highlighted in the management of facet joint pain. 

To address the cause of your facet joint pain, please reach out to our office. 

Elite Family Chiropractic - Chiropractor Charleston, SC Brad Gorski DC, FSBT At Elite Family Chiropractic in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Brad Gorski is a top-ranked chiropractor offering effective treatment options for back pain, knee pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, migraines, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and more. Dr. Gorski received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2008. He has completed extensive post-graduate training, becoming qualified in Hospital Based Spine Care, MRI Interpretation Review, and Trauma while also completing a Fellowship in Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma. He provides chiropractic care and helps his patients achieve their goal of optimum health and wellness.

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