Your lower back is made up of five blocks of bone (vertebra) stacked on top of each other with a shock absorbing “disc” in between each level for flexibility. The larger front of the vertebra is called the “body”. The back of each vertebra is formed by two smaller bony columns (one on each side), capped with smooth joints called “facets”. Each vertebra rests on the one below in a “tripod” sort of fashion with the disc in front, and the facet joints in the back. The diagnosis of “facet syndrome” means that your facet joints have become irritated and inflamed. This problem can arise from sprains, strains, or joints that are not moving properly. Patients are more likely to develop facet syndrome if they have suffered an injury, overuse their back, have arthritis, or are overweight.
A recent study found that 90% of patients with lumbar disc herniation had an improvement in both symptoms AND function with conservative care — like what’s provided in our office!
A new guideline for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation and sciatica concluded:
“Non-surgical treatments were determined to be clinically effective with regards to pain reduction and functional improvement.”
If you or someone you know is suffering from a disc injury or sciatica, chiropractic care might help.
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Source: Lee JH et al. Non-surgical treatments for patients with radicular pain from lumbosacral disc herniation. Spine J. 2019 Jun 12. pii: S1529-9430(19)30798-3.