Facet Joint Syndrome and Disease

Facet Joint Syndrome and Disease Surgery at SPINE/RX

What Are Facet Joint Syndrome and Facet Joint Disease?

Aging and arthritis are two of the most common causes of facet joint syndrome and facet joint disease. Facet joints are the building blocks that connect the vertebral bones together in your spine. They are lined with cartilage, which keeps them insulated from shock; though this cartilage is prone to breakdown naturally as we age.

Facet joints are a very common source of neck and lower back pain. Typically the pain is localized to the neck or lower back, but can occasionally cause referred pain into the shoulders, hips, buttocks, or thighs. In many cases, diagnostic injections can determine if pain is coming from the facet joints. Then a proper course of treatment can be prescribed.

How Are Facet Joint Conditions Treated?

Facet joint syndrome and disease are most typically treated with either one or a combination of the following: rest, medication, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, injections or surgery.

When Is Surgery Recommended for Facet Joint Syndrome and Disease?

Surgery may be recommended for your facet joints if your condition does not improve through initial treatment methods, or if you’re experiencing ongoing pain and limited mobility. Surgery may also be recommended if diagnostic tests detect damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots, or if spine surgeons anticipate any significant risk of future deterioration.

Living with facet joint pain can be disabling, and may cause you to miss out on the activities you love. If medication or therapy fail to relieve your neck or back pain, spine surgery may provide the relief you need to live the life you desire.


If spine surgery for facet joint syndrome or facet joint disease makes you nervous, you’re not alone. That’s why SPINE/RX provides minimally-invasive procedures, offering less pain, shorter recovery times and limited scarring. See the difference at SPINE/RX.

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Often, neck and back pain surgery does not require an overnight hospital stay, depending on the severity of your unique condition. Many of our minimally-invasive procedures are same-day, outpatient surgeries.

SPINE/RX understands that being free from back and neck pain means getting your life back on track. That’s why we offer advanced surgical techniques to provide a clear path to lasting pain relief. See the difference at SPINE/RX.

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Take a step toward finally relieving your neck and back pain. Contact SPINE/RX for your free MRI review or initial consultation today!

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