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What Is Facet Syndrome?

The spine is an elegant and complex structure.  Its 33 vertebrae — the bones that protect the spinal cord and support the head and torso — fit together with a system of joints that allow it to bend and twist.

If a problem develops in the joints of the spine, pain and limited movement may occur.  One such problem that you may not have heard of is facet syndrome.  This common condition is the root cause of many cases of back and neck pain.  The good news is that facet syndrome can be managed.

The term facet syndrome describes the symptoms that come with degeneration of the facet joints, meaning the breakdown of the cartilage that separates the bones in each joint.  The disorder is most common in older adults.

Facet syndrome can be difficult to diagnose, and often occurs along with problems involving the intervertebral discs — pillow-like structures between vertebrae that cause pain if they break down or rupture.

Rather than depending on drugs, chiropractic champions the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  Chiropractic care can reduce discomfort and slow the progress of joint degeneration.

If you are seeking relief from back or neck pain and suspect that facet syndrome is to blame, drug-free relief may be just a phone call away.  Schedule a chiropractic evaluation today!Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator

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