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What facet syndrome treatment options are available to me at Laser Spine Institute Tampa?

If you’ve been diagnosed with facet syndrome, you understand the chronic pain and stiffness that often accompanies this condition, making daily activities difficult. The first step toward finding relief from your symptoms is to find a facet syndrome treatment option that relieves the swelling and inflammation in your spinal joints. These treatments can be conservative or surgical, though many patients find conservative treatment to be an effective option.

Conservative options for facet syndrome treatment

Your doctor will likely recommend a series of conservative therapies as your first method of facet syndrome treatment. Conservative treatment describes nonsurgical approaches aimed at relieving the symptoms of your spine. These approaches work in various ways, from reducing the inflammation in the spine (through cold compresses and anti-inflammatory medications, for example) and blocking the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain (through prescription pain medication). The most common types of conservative treatment include:

  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Pain medication (over the counter or prescription)
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretches
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Weight loss
  • Behavioral modification

For many patients, a combination of these conservative facet syndrome treatment options is efficient at relieving the symptoms of this condition. However, some patients choose to add alternative treatments to their program to try to expedite their pain relief.

Alternative treatments for facet syndrome

Alternative facet disease treatments offer patients a more holistic approach to spine treatment. The most common methods of alternative treatment include herbal supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy and yoga. Always consult your doctor before beginning any of these treatments to ensure you won’t be doing more harm than good. For example, certain herbal supplements may have negative interactions with medications you are currently taking.

Surgical treatment for facet syndrome

If you have exhausted all options for conservative and alternative facet syndrome treatment and you are still suffering from chronic pain, your next option may be spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer patients an alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open back surgery due to our shorter recovery times and lower complication risks.^

To find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute Tampa today. We can review your MRI or CT scan at no cost* and help you take the next step toward pain relief.