Facet Disease

(Osteoarthritis, Facet Joint Arthritis, Degenerative Facet Disease)

Facet joints are the structures that connect the spinal vertebrae to each other and has a cartilage lining that allows the bones to glide smoothly over each other.Facet joints provide stability, mobility and support to the spine.

Facet disease is caused by the cartilage of the joints being worn because of age, injury, or an accident. Facet Disease affects the lumbar (lower spine) region more often than other areas.

Spondylolisthesis is another possible result of facet disease and happens when a vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra, usually in the lumbar spine.

  • Pain in areas such as cervical or neck, thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (lower back) regions.
  • Experience pain in the lower back that can radiate to the buttocks and upper thigh area.
  • Pain may also occur in the back of the neck and radiate to the top of the shoulders.

Our approach is to first properly diagnose facet disease through an exam or a facet injection. If the injection does not work then the next step could be a laser facet thermal ablation. Our board-certified surgeons can perform minimally invasive facet disease surgery.

My Spine Relief offers minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped many patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. To find out if you are a candidate for a laser facet thermal ablation procedure, reach out to My Spine Relief today. We can schedule a no-cost MRI review* to determine if our procedures would be effective in relieving your facet disease symptoms.

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