Facet Joint Pain

Facet joints allow for small twisting, turning and bending movements between adjacent vertebrae in the spine.  Facet joint syndrome, or osteoarthritis, occurs when facet joints become worn or torn, creating bone spurs, or enlarging the joints.  The facet joints can become inflamed and cause pain, soreness and stiffness. Patients often report increased pain with extension or prolonged periods of inactivity like sitting or standing too long.  Facet joint disorders are some of the most common of all the recurrent, disabling low back and neck problems, and can cause serious symptoms and disability for patients.

Common Symptoms

  • Chronic pain or severe spasms in your neck or back
  • Symptoms that become worse when you stand
  • No pain when leaning forward, but severe pain or spasms when leaning backwards

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