Facet disease affects the small joints that connect the individual vertebrae in the spine. Each bone in the neck and spine is connected on either side with a joint called the facet joint, and like other joints, the facet joint has cartilage and a protective covering. The cartilage and protective covering can wear down or become non-existent over time. This condition is known as osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of facet disease may include:
- Pain localized over affected facets
- Radiating pain that moves through the legs or arms, depending on the location of the affected joint
Your physician may order any of the following tests to help diagnose facet disease:
- MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- CT Scan – Computerized Tomography
Treatments for facet disease may include:
- Physical therapy
- Application of heat or cold to alleviate painful episodes
- The injection of pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate both the pain and inflammation
- Prescription medicines
- Radiofrequency neurotomy
If you or a loved one is suffering from a facet disease, the physicians at Cedar Hill Pain and Rehab can help determine the cause and find a treatment plan that works for you and improves your quality of life.
To learn more about these therapy techniques and to find out if you’re a candidate for treatment, you can make an appointment with a physician at Cedar Hill Pain and Rehab by calling 972-291-9165 or click here.