Frisco Facet Disease Treatment

The vertebrae of the spine are attached by joint structures known as facet joints. If you are suffering from facets disease, you are experiencing degeneration of those joints.

How we handle facets disease

When you suffer from facets disease, you are suffering from a type of arthritis in which the wear and tear causes problems on the spine. When you choose The Neuro & Spine Wellness Center to treat your facets disease problem, they will be able to use their pain mapping techniques to see exactly where the problem is originating. This allows for a minimally invasive surgical procedure, in which the facet that is causing the problem is accessed by a tiny incision that is less than 1 mm. After that incision is made, the facet is treated with a laser. There are no expandable retractors that are used, leading to faster recovery time as a result of not tearing muscle.

The definition of facets disease

Many of the issues that are experienced as a result of facets disease are seen locally in the area where the facet joint is experiencing problem. This can take place in any area of the spine, including the lumbar, thoracic and cervical areas.

The problems that occur with facets disease take place because the cartilage is worn down due to aging or injury. That is why it is considered a form of arthritis, similar to the osteoarthritis that affects other areas of the body such as the knees and hips. Another issue that can lead to a problem of facets disease is known as spondylolisthesis, in which a vertebrae slips forward in position from the adjacent vertebrae. This typically occurs in the lower spine.

Symptoms of facets disease

Most of the symptoms that will be experienced as a result of facets disease will occur in the area where the joint is having a problem. And the lumbar region, this can lead to lower back pain that can radiate to the upper thigh and buttocks. If the cervical area is affected, the pain is generally felt in the neck and can radiate out to the shoulders.