Vertebral subluxation otherwise known as facet issues or facet joint pain, is one of the most common causes of low back pain.
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Hey, it’s Dr. Troy in Vancouver, Washington at Zenaptic Chiropractic.
Today I want to talk about the facet joint pain.
If you google it there’s a lot of different things out there a lot of chiropractors talk about facet joint, you got facetal invocation.
So what is a facet joint?
You got 313 spinal joints and you’ve got multiple facet joints. So if we look, everybody’s familiar with the disc, so the disc is in front, you got the disc and if you spin the vertebra around there’s these two joints right here and if you see right there there’s that gap, open-close, that’s called the facet.
There’s a capsule around that that’s called the facet capsule, that’s where all the pain fibers are the majority of pain fibers. There’s a debate on whether the disc causes pain, if there’s a disc issue or if it’s the facet.
The Medical War on Chiropractic says this is greatly overlooked; that facet joint pain is the most common cause of low back pain. It’s mechanical in nature, we call it a vertebral subluxation but some people break it out they don’t like that word so they’ll call it facet issues or facet joint pain.
So chiropractic has been shown over the years to be very very effective, very quickly at a lower cost than traditional approaches. And so what we do is we find out where that vertebra is out of alignment, make the adjustment to help reduce the pressure, reduce the swelling, and when the swelling and pressure comes off at the facet capsule you feel better because that’s where the pain fibers are.
So that’s a little history on the facet joint syndrome if you call it. So how do we check for it? We do an examination, we potentially take some x-rays, we do a history to determine what’s causing it. Is there any numbness, tingling, weakness, radiation of pain? So we can determine is it actually a facet joint problem and if it is chiropractic is probably going to be right for you.
You can come into the office, schedule a consultation to see if you have this.
I’ll be happy to help (360) 260-6903.