Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Relief from facet joint pain

The joints where your two vertebrae meet allow you to easily bend and twist. Facet joint syndrome occurs when these joints are damaged or inflamed. Pain, trouble moving and disability are common complications from this condition. That’s why the orthopedic specialists at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine work together to find the cause and provide prompt treatment.

We offer a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and providing long-term care for facet joint pain in Goshen, Nappanee and Shipshewana, IN. We’re a team of board certified, fellowship trained specialists who work together in the same location to provide the care that’s just for you. Call (574) 534-2548 for appointment and more information.

Symptoms of facet joint syndrome

Your symptoms may vary depending on what area of the spine is affected. In addition to a deep, aching pain in your back, you may also have:

  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness that makes it difficult to move
  • Pain that worsens at night

Experiencing increased pain at night is typical of facet joint syndrome, as muscles relax and no longer support the joint when you lie down. Without muscular support, your vertebrae rub together and cause pain.

What causes facet joint pain?

Overtime, normal wear and tear on the spine causes the discs to deteriorate. As the discs break down, they lose their cushioning and allow the vertebrae to rub against each other. This causes the pain, inflammation and stiffness that people experience.

Because this condition develops over time, facet joint syndrome often starts as you age. By the age of 50, 95 percent of people will experience degeneration of their spine.

Treating facet joint syndrome at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Treating facet joint syndrome begins with personalized orthopedic care. Our goal is to relieve your pain so you can move your back how you should. With both surgery and noninvasive treatment options, your plan of care may include:

If your symptoms do not improve, spinal fusion surgery may be an option.

Ready to relieve your back pain? Call (574) 534-2548 to learn which treatment option is best for you.

Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care for facet joint pain in Goshen, Nappanee, Shipshewana, IN, and the surrounding Elkhart County area.