Facet Joint Syndrome

What is facet joint syndrome, and how is it treated?

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What Is Facet Joint Syndrome?

Each of the segments of the spine is made up of two facet joints at the back of each vertebra that allows for mobility and flexibility of the spine, and a vertebral disc.

When the facet joints become inflamed and painful due to osteoarthritis it is called facet joint syndrome. Facet joint syndrome can be caused by a combination of aging, pressure overload of the facet joints, and injury.

If you have facet joint syndrome the common symptoms can include:


  1. Dull pain in the neck or lower back
  2. Pain that radiates into the extremities
  3. Pain when standing for long periods of time
  4. Pain when bending backward or twisting

It’s important to be evaluated by a spine specialist since many conditions that affect the spine have similar symptoms of pain radiating to other parts of the body.

For example, facet joint symptoms can mimic the pain caused by degenerative disc disease or cervical radiculopathy.

The Spine Team at OrthoNeuro has helped thousands of patients with facet joint syndrome return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How Is Facet Joint Syndrome Treated at OrthoNeuro?

At OrthoNeuro, facet joint syndrome is usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Spine Specialists at OrthoNeuro create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals.

These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options: 

Surgery may be recommended if facet joint syndrome does not respond to non-surgical treatment options. One of the most common procedures used is a minimally invasive spinal fusion

The Board Certified Spine Surgeons at OrthoNeuro are experts in a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat facet joint syndrome.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Spine Surgeon Today!

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of facet joint syndrome, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. 

Spine Care Specialists

If you live with chronic back or neck pain, contact OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, for state-of-the-art diagnosis and personalized spine care treatment plans to heal your spine, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities.

Ying H. Chen, DO, FACOS

Neurosurgeon

Paul H. Eichenseer, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

David K. Kim, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Donald J. Rohl, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Larry Todd, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Mark A. White, DO

Neurosurgeon

Daniel P. Pap, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist

Siddharth Shetgeri, DO

Neurosurgeon

Dustin Reynolds, M.D.

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

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