Lower back pain and lumbar facet syndrome

One of the most common causes of lower back pain is facet joint pain. Facet joints are small joints located near the back of the spine which limit rotation. It has been estimated that about one third of people with back pain have some type of facet joint involvement. Facet joint pain is often difficult to differentiate from pain from the discs even with MRI or X ray imagining. Facet joint pain may also cause pain that radiates into the buttocks or legs. Most often facet joint pain begins suddenly after a simple movement such as bending or twisting. The pain is often well localized in the lower back and may be sharp or dull. Usually the pain does not extend below the knee.
Facet joint pain is usually very responsive to Chiropractic adjustments. One theory of why Chiropractic is so effective for facet joint pain in the back is that the adjustment frees the lining of the joint which is trapped between two surfaces of the joint. Chiropractic adjustments are also able to reduce muscle spasms and muscle spasm is a prime cause of pain with the lower back. Usually a treatment plan for facet syndrome involves about 4-5 treatments over two weeks. Facet joint pain is usually not considered something that will become a chronic condition but may recurr from time to time for whatever reason. The best home care involves ice applied over the painful area, walking and lower back exercises (especially the pelvic tilt).

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