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Facet Disease

The facet joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae (bones) in your spine to one another. Arthritis and inflammation can develop in these joints. Facet disease is caused by worn down cartilage as a result of wear and tear, aging, injury or misuse. This type of injury to the spine can be attributed to arthritis of the spine, over-use or an accident. Another cause of facet disease is spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra, usually in the lower spine. Facet disease can occur in the neck, middle back and lower back areas.

Treatment

To successfully treat your facet disease, it is critically important to know exactly which facet joint is affected. Our team of back and spine specialists will use our highly sensitive pain-mapping technology to pinpoint precisely which facet is causing the problem. They will then perform a minimally invasive surgery using a simple laser to treat the facet joint and relieve your pain. Our goal is to have you enjoying life again as quickly as possible.

Cause

Facet disease is generally caused by arthritis and inflammation in the facet joints, resulting from aging, wear and tear, overuse or injury due to an accident. Spondylolisthesis can also cause facet disease.

Symptoms

Depending on the location of the affected facet joint, symptoms can occur in the neck, middle back or lower back. If the problem facet joint is located in the lower back (lumbar) region, it can cause lower back pain that can go to the buttocks and upper thigh area. If the affected joint is located in the neck, then pain can occur in the back of the neck and radiate to the top of the shoulders and around the neck.

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