Lumbar facet Syndrome

Lumbar facet syndrome

Low back pain is a huge problem with an estimated 80% of the population experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives and a high percentage having ongoing chronic low back pain following the initial bout. Lumbar facet syndrome is a fancy way to say that someone is experiencing low back pain and this comes from the back (posterior elements) of the low back. For someone to be diagnosed with lumbar facet syndrome it is usually a process of elimination when the low back intervertebral disc, ligaments, muscles and nerves have been ruled out as a source of pain.

Symptoms of lumbar facet syndrome

The symptoms of lumbar facet syndrome typically involves tenderness in the low back over the joints, pain over the muscles in the low back and pain with movements that involve compressing the joints such as extension and rotation (reaching behind). There is not neurological involvement with facet syndrome in the low back. Imaging studies such as MRI or CT scan don’t really help too much unless there is a suspicion of fracture or tumour.

Treatment of lumbar facet syndrome

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we specialise in the non-surgical treatment of low back pain and this includes lumbar facet syndrome. When we treat any cause of low back pain, our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the latest evidence based treatments that have been shown to work. The stages of treatment for lumbar facet syndrome involve reducing pain and inflammation, improving range of motion and function and strengthening the low back. In most cases chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments will be enough however is some persistent cases of low back (lumbar) facet syndrome we may need to send you off for an injection to help the recovery process.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.