Chiropractic Care for Facet Joint Problems
By Randi Morse
The older you get, the more apt it seems to be that you'll eventually wind up playing a game of "why am I sore today?" When we're young, our bodies are much more flexible. Remember when you used to fall and get a bruise, then the bruise disappeared a few days later? Once you're fully into your adult years, those bruises not only seem to stick around forever, they also seem to appear mysteriously.
Having a simple bruise is all well and good, but what happens when you have some sort of an injury that makes your daily life much more difficult? Let's talk about low back pain. Low back pain not only hurts, it can be a significant barrier to completing your everyday activities.
What Are Facet Joints?
There is a wide array of reasons why your back may be hurting you, and one such reason is due to a problem with facet joints. But what are facet joints? Have you ever seen a full body skeleton? On the spine you'll see discs, the name that's used for the main cylinder part of the spine. Attached to each disc is a bony protrusion. This bony protrusion is a facet joint. The main purpose of the facet joint is to allow your back to have the mobility and flexibility that it needs. When we're young, the facet joints in our back are like a brand new car, still all shiny. As we age, however, the facet joint may start showing signs of wear and tear. Children have extra cartilage on the facet joints which helps to protect them, but as we get older that cartilage slowly disappears, making it much easier to injure your back.
Facet joint syndrome is a specific type of osteoarthritis. Once the cartilage has started to decrease on the facet joints, you may find that there is quite a bit of pain when you overuse your back. This is due to the swelling around the joints. You may also find that you are dealing with numbness, weakness, and have a difficult time twisting or bending.
Treating With Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to deal with facet joint syndrome. A chiropractic specialist will be able to examine your body and not only make adjustments to alleviate pain, they may also give you some advice on things you can change in your daily life to help prevent your back from hurting.
If you find that you're having issues bending, twisting, and are dealing constantly with back pain, seek out the help of a licensed chiropractor. With treatment your condition should improve dramatically.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.