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Facet Joint Dysfunction

What is Facet Joint Dysfunction?

Facet joints provide a connection between vertebrae in your spine. Because they are supplied by a nerve, when the joint is damaged or inflamed, it can produce pain. It is a source of back pain. The facet joints work together with your spinal discs to provide stability in your spine, particularly if a disc has degenerated.

Can physiotherapy help people with facet joint dysfunction?

Yes. Pain relief, improvement in pain-free range of spinal movements and restoration of pain-free functional activities of daily living are the focus of physiotherapy treatments after a comprehensive physical examination.

What causes facet joint dysfunction?

  • Ageing

  • Pressure overload of the facet joints

  • Injury

How do I know if I facet joint dysfunction?

You will experience:

  • A dull ache or a sharp, catching pain

  • Stiffness

  • Back, leg and buttock pain if the facet joints in the lower back are affected

  • Neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches if the facet joints in the neck are affected

  • Difficulty twisting, turning and bending

  • Difficulty straightening your back or getting out of a chair

  • Difficulty stretching

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