Facet Arthritis Treatment Center
Back Pain Management
Facet arthritis is not yet a curable condition, but there are several treatments that can mitigate the pain and allow individuals to enjoy a more mobile, higher quality of life. At Biscup Spine, our services include numerous pain management and surgical techniques designed to mitigate complications from facet arthritis. When you become a patient at one of our clinics, you enlist world-renown spinal surgeon Dr. Biscup as your personal back care provider. Dr. Robert S. Biscup works one-on-one with all patients to find minimally-invasive solutions to back pain that suit your preferences and lifestyle.
What is Facet Arthritis?
Facet joints are the joints that hold vertebrae together. Facet arthritis occurs when the cartilage between these joints wears down and the vertebrae exert pressure on each other.
Symptoms of facet arthritis include:
- A deep, aching type pain
- Pain with motion, especially when stretching the spine
- Lower back pain running from the buttocks to the back of the upper leg
- Tender feeling over affected joints.
The symptoms of facet arthritis are similar to other spinal conditions like degenerative disc disease,herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis. Biscup Spine is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology which we use to confirm the source of your back pain before starting a treatment plan.
Creating Your Back Pain Management Plan
In most cases, the goal of treatment for facet arthritis is to ablate, or destroy, the nerve endings causing pain around the facet joint. The drawback of this approach is that the nerve endings usually start growing back within three to eight months, but so long as you receive treatment regularly you should be able to live without complication from arthritis.
Other treatments for facet arthritis include over-the-counter and prescription medications, physical therapy,epidurals, and facet blocks. Surgical treatments, like spinal fusion, should only be used in extreme cases.
Dr. Robert S. Biscup will review treatment options with you, going over pros and cons of each and the expected results. We work with patients to determine your preferred treatment plan.