If you suffer from pain and stiffness in your back or neck, or if you find it difficult to stand up straight or get out of a chair, it’s likely that you are dealing with some form of spinal facet joint pain. To better understand, the facet joints are the connective points between each bone of the spine. They provide much needed limitations to an individual’s movement. For instance, these joints allow the spine to bend and twist, yet not far enough to cause injury. In order to enable free-flowing movements, each facet joint relies on cartilage and synovial (lubricating) joint fluid.
When arthritis, degenerative disease or an injury occurs, inflammation often builds up within the joint, causing pain. This can occur at any point along the spine, and specific symptoms depend on where the affected joint is located. To obtain an accurate diagnosis, an individual’s joint is sometimes injected with an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory. If immediate relief is felt, the condition is called facet joint syndrome.
When it comes to facet joint pain, individuals may experience acute episodes followed by periods of minimal pain or no pain at all. Thus, for the most effective long-term relief, it’s important to perform treatment that will alleviate pain while providing some rehabilitation. This is why physical therapy and lifestyle conditioning is often coupled with steroid injections, cryotherapy and NSAIDS. Posture training is also helpful in a large number of cases, specifically in those where degenerative changes have taken place.
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Even so, the success of a spinal injection greatly depends on the experience and technique of the physician. Providing a tremendous benefit to patients with facet joint syndrome, Dr. Dehdari uses his extensive knowledge as a radiologist to perform pinpoint steroid injections. At his Lake Forest, CA practice, Dr. Dehdari utilizes ultrasound-guided injections to target the exact location of a patient’s pain.
Do you feel as though you’ve run out of options when it comes to your neck or back pain? Call Dr. Dehdari at Advanced Healing Institute today!
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22972 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA, 92630
Phone: (949) 239-3206