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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Facet Syndrome

Pain from facet syndrome is usually caused by a sudden movement which causes trauma to the facet joint. One primary example is whiplash. In some cases the pain is chronic, due to long term degenerative disc changes. Facet syndrome may be the long-term result of a minor trauma experienced in the past. It typically presents as pain in one side of the spine. In the even there is nerve root involvement, the pain may radiate, or travel, other areas depending on the location of the injured facet. Treatments include NSAIDS, and moist heat. If the pain persists an injection of local anesthetic as well as a long lasting anti-inflammatory may be required. If the pain becomes unrelenting a longer lasting procedure called Radiofrequency Rhizotomy can be tried. This procedure destroys the nerves that supply the facet joint using injection rather than surgery.