What is Facet Syndrome?
Facet syndrome, also known as osteoarthritis is a condition that can occur when the smooth cartilage that lines the facet joints deteriorates. The facet joint serves as the connector for the vertebrae in the spine, and when functioning properly, they allow the vertebrae to glide across each other as the spine bends and twists. When the cartilage in the joints wears away and bone grinds against bone, the result is often inflammation and other bothersome symptoms.
Like most cases of osteoarthritis, facet syndrome is usually the result of age-related degeneration due to wear and tear on the spine. In some cases, traumatic injuries or jobs that require frequent heavy lifting can accelerate the deterioration of the facet joints.
What are Complementary and Alternative Medicines?
Complementary and alternative medicine refers to any number of back pain treatments that fall outside the bounds of traditional medicine. While these therapies haven’t yet been made part of mainstream facet syndrome treatment protocols, they do still offer many potential benefits to individuals who choose to use them.
Alternative Therapies for Facet Syndrome
Some of the most common alternative therapies for facet syndrome include:
- Chiropractic adjustments. Professional chiropractic care can help temporarily relieve pain and put the spine back into proper alignment.
- Yoga. A combination of gentle physical stretches and mental relaxation exercises, yoga offers many benefits to individuals undergoing facet syndrome treatment.
- Acupuncture. This ancient practice uses thin, strategically placed needles to promote proper energy flow. Many individuals have found it quite beneficial in dealing with neck and back pain.
- Aromatherapy. Scented oils such as lavender and peppermint may be able to help with pain relief, relaxation, clarity, and emotional well-being.
- Therapeutic massage. Not only does massage help dissipate neck and back pain, but it also promotes better circulation and reduced anxiety.
Treatment with BEST Health System
While many individuals with facet syndrome are able to find adequate pain relief through nonsurgical methods, there are occasional instances in which surgery is necessary to address persistent discomfort. BEST Health System offers minimally invasive alternatives to traditional surgery. This allows our patients to endure less pain, and smaller incisions, all while on an outpatient basis. Contact BEST to learn more.