Facet Joint Syndrome
What is Facet Joint Syndrome?
You might be suffering from facet joint syndrome or chronic axial back pain when you experience chronic pain and or severe spasms anywhere in your neck or back and it worsens when standing or leaning backwards. The facet joints are innervated by a small medial branch nerve that extends from the exiting nerve to the facet joints and into your muscle column in your back. This nerve transmits the sensation of pain from your back to your brain.
Facet joint syndrome is a common form of arthritis and when seen in adults over 50 years of age, it is usually caused by normal wear and tear of the spine but can be exacerbated by injury. This condition may affect younger patients and is usually related to an injury or overuse. Millions of Americans suffer daily from this condition, but they find ways to cope and adjust their lifestyle in fear of surgery.