Conservative Facet Syndrome Treatments

If you’re just getting started with facet syndrome treatment, there’s a good chance that you’ll be focusing exclusively on conservative therapies (at least, for the time being). Many people are able to successfully manage their symptoms with a combination of these therapies. While some people eventually turn to surgical treatment, surgery isn’t always necessary — so a general rule of thumb is to give conservative care a chance to work before progressing to surgical options. 

At BEST Health System, we promote the use of conservative therapies. Our overall goal is to help our patients find the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Continue reading to learn more about what conservative facet syndrome treatment with BEST looks like. 

Conservative Facet Syndrome Treatments

Some people assume that conservative treatment only refers to over-the-counter medications and at-home comfort aids like ice packs and heating pads. However, the reality is that it’s a much broader category. Conservative facet syndrome treatment includes options such as:

  1. Prescription muscle relaxers
  2. Facet joint injections
  3. Opioid pain relievers
  4. Physical therapy
  5. Postural adjustments

Also, complementary therapies such as acupuncture and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) aren’t considered traditional forms of treatment but may be able to help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by facet syndrome.

Treatment with BEST Health System

If, after several weeks of focusing on nonsurgical treatment options, you’re still experiencing severe and disruptive symptoms, you may want to discuss the potential of surgery with your physician. There are a few options, such as traditional decompression surgery or minimally invasive facet thermal ablation. Keep in mind that you don’t have to make a decision right away — you can continue to explore conservative and complementary therapies until you’re certain that surgery is your only remaining option.

Have you been experiencing severe pain as a result of facet syndrome? It is time to get the help you deserve. Contact BEST today to take the first step toward recovery.