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Treating Chronic Spinal Pain in Atlanta, GA

Facet Joint Pain

Facet joint pain describes a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist. If you’re living with facet joint pain, you may experience serious pain and a reduction in your range of motion.

The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that can help you restore your body’s function in the long term. Our team of experienced specialists is here to help you find relief from your facet joint pain using the latest technology available and the least-invasive methods possible.

We understand how frustrating facet joint pain can be. If you’re ready to take the first step toward finding relief, contact The Physicians today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more active life.

Spinal Joint Pain Treatment in Athens, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Facet Joint Pain

Facet joint pain is a painful condition that affects the joints in the spine. These joints, called facet joints, connect the vertebrae and allow the spine to move and bend. Facet joint pain can cause discomfort and a limited range of motion, and can occur due to aging, degeneration, or injuries.

Facet joint pain symptoms may vary depending on the location and underlying cause of the pain. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck, back, or hips
  • Difficulty moving or bending the affected joints
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or tingling sensations in the limbs
  • Pain that worsens with prolonged sitting or standing

Several treatment options are available for facet joint pain, depending on the severity and underlying cause of the condition. The following are some commonly used treatments:

  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and painkillers can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises and stretches can help improve range of motion, strengthen supporting muscles, and prevent future injuries.
  • Injections: Steroid injections can be used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain for a limited period.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: A minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to destroy the nerve fibers that transmit pain signals in the affected joints.
  • Surgery: In rare cases, when all other treatments have failed, surgery may be recommended to remove part or all of the affected facet joint.

It's best to consult a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan specific to your condition and symptoms. With proper treatment, most people with facet joint pain can resume their regular activities and enjoy a better quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes facet joint pain?

Facet joint pain can be caused by aging, degenerative changes, spine injuries, poor posture, genetics, and other chronic conditions. It can also occur due to stress and strain on the facet joints from routine daily activities or repetitive motions.

Can facet joint pain be prevented?

Maintaining good posture, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding repetitive motions, and engaging in healthy lifestyle habits can help reduce the risk of developing facet joint pain. In addition, adopting ergonomic practices in the workplace and practicing safe lifting techniques may also help prevent pain and injury in the facet joints.

Do you accept insurance for facet joint pain treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for spinal pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area.  Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best back pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from back pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.