You have more than likely heard of osteoarthritis before, but have you ever heard of facet joint osteoarthritis? I hadn’t either until very recently, when I came across an article by Spine Health that provided a lot of helpful information about this health issue. It also gave some important information about how this pain related condition can be treated and managed in an effective manner.
First of all, what exactly is facet joint osteoarthritis? It helps to know what exactly osteoarthritis is first. This type of condition is known as degenerative arthritis, in which breakdown and erosion of significant areas of the body occur. In the case of facet joint osteoarthritis, cartilage between the facet joints of the spinal column begins to break down. As you can imagine, when this happens, movement of the joints becomes very painful since there is no or very little cartilage to cushion the movement. Over time, the pain tends to increase in severity, and many patients end up experiencing decreased mobility and other issues that may prevent a good quality of life.
Back pain that is caused by this pain related condition, tends to start out as mild and increase with time as the joints rub together more frequently without the aid of cartilage to prevent friction from taking place. This type of low back pain can be debilitating, but it is good to know that there are ways to treat it and even prevent it from ever occurring in the first place.
If you have been recently diagnosed with facet joint osteoarthritis, or you suspect that you may be developing it, you should definitely consider seeing a licensed doctor of chiropractic for a consultation appointment. When you visit any one of The Joint clinics near you, you will find short wait times and affordable payment plans to help you begin your process of finding pain relief that works for you and your needs. You don’t even need to make an appointment to start seeing a chiropractor – just walk right in for a simple path to natural, holistic healing. In your sessions, the chiropractor will work to restore mobility to the joints in your back while also taking care to provide some much needed pain relief so you can get back to your optimal self. In addition to receiving regular chiropractic treatments, your chiropractor may recommend certain stretches and exercises that can help improve your condition as well.
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