Non-Operative Spine – Facet Joint Syndrome
The facet joints are the areas in the spine that connect the vertebrae (bony segments that make up the spine). Like all joints, these structures enable bending, twisting, and flexing motions. Inflammation in these joints causes pain and stiffness that makes it difficult to move. This disorder most often affects the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back).
- Pain localized to one side of the body
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back or pain in the lower back or hips
- Difficulty walking, or walking hunched over
- Steroid injections