Facet Syndrome

Upper, mid- and low-back pain are common complaints among adults, especially low-back pain, which afflicts millions of North Americans every year. The causes of back pain are many:

  • Muscle Strain
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Herniated Disc
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis

This syndrome describes a common situation in which an individual may report specific low-back pain that often travels into the hip(s) and/or buttock(s) and perhaps into the upper thigh. Facet syndrome is often the result of spinal degeneration caused by age, overuse, poor posture or injury, and can leave the sufferer prone to quick low back pain whenever he or she makes a "wrong move" or shifts too quickly while in a prone position, as in bending or stooping. Frequently a patient may report "throwing out their back" after something as ordinary as sneezing, indicating the possibility of facet syndrome being present. Fortunately, facet syndrome usually responds quite well to Chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation and correction, stretching, ice and heat therapies and exercises to increase range of motion.