Facet Joint Syndrome Causes and Symptoms

The Causes of Facet Joint Syndrome

This painful syndrome can occur at any location within the spine. It occurs in the facet joints, which are the small joints between the vertebra of your spine. The joints are always in motion and help provide stability and flexibility in the spine. They help you do things like sit, bend, twist, run and walk. Like your other joints, the facet joints are covered in cartilage which helps them glide and move easily. As you get older, though, that cartilage can start to wear away and cause bone spurs to grow. Injury or repetitive trauma can also cause issues with the facet joints. The friction between the joints can cause issues such as:

  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Arthritis pain
  • Stiffness

Other factors apart from age that can cause damage to the facet joints include:

  • Injury, such as whiplash
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Being overweight
  • Excessive weight lifting
  • Certain diseases such as gout, infections, or arthritis
  • Overuse of the joints

The Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome

  • Pain after riding or sitting in the car for a long time
  • Pain that’s worse in the morning
  • Pain that’s worse when the weather changes
  • Lower back pain after standing for long periods of time
  • Neck pain that travels to your shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Weakness or numbness in your extremities
  • Headaches that center at the base of your skull
  • Aches behind your eyes
  • Ringing noise in your ears

Do you believe your back pain could be caused by Facet Joint Syndrome? Let our spine specialist help you discover the right treatments for back pain relief. Make an appointment with us today.

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