Facet Joint Syndrome (facet joint pain) is caused by facet joint injury. The facet joints are synovial joints between the vertebrae of the spine. There are two facet joints (right and left) in each of the spinal motion segment.

Facet joints limit and guide the movement of each spinal motion segment. Each section of the spine has facet joints. Facet joint syndrome is the most common cause of back pain, neck pain, and thoracic spine pain.

Facet joint syndrome mimics other causes of back pain (spinal infection, herniated disc or torn muscle). It is important to get a proper diagnosis from a back-pain specialist. Dr. Raju Mantena specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of facet joint syndrome.

360 Pain Treatment is the best way to treat the pain and manage the symptoms of chronic back pain. The holistic treatment will help beat back the pain.

Causes of Facet Joint Pain

The cartilage in the joints wears down with age. An injury, poor posture, repetitive movements, obesity, and other spinal problems change the way facet joints align.

The joint motion stiffens (hypomobility) or becomes excessive (hypermobility) in individuals suffering from facet joint syndrome.

Causes of Facet Joint Hypomobility

  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Locked facet joint
  • Protective muscle spasm
  • Degenerative facet joint osteophytes
  • Joint capsule thickening, scarring, or shortening

Causes of Facet Joint Hypermobility

  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Overstretched ligaments
  • Disease that harms the joints (Rheumatoid arthritis)


The symptoms of facet joint syndrome include:

  • Back facet injury causes low back pain. The pain often radiates into the buttocks and thigh.
  • If the facet joint locks, you will find it difficult to move in any direction.
  • Muscle spasms


Most often facet joint pain will cause the patients to seize up. They will start developing muscle spasms. Manual manipulation using different non-invasive pain relief techniques will help put the side muscles back in a correct position. The muscles relax with this treatment. This alleviates pain.

It is important to remember that each case of facet joint pain is different. The treatment will vary depending on the severity of the pain.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist detects where the facet joint is locked. A painless joint release technique is used to unlock the locked facet. Exercises will help strengthen the muscles. This helps regain full motion and prevents recurrence.

Massage Therapy

A good massage relaxes muscle spasm. This allows the facet joint spasm to release.

Facet Joint Injections

The injections provide short-term relief from pain and inflammation. The injections are less effective in the long-term.


Localized acupuncture provides facet pain relief. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you opt for this treatment.

Dr. Raju Mantena provides individualized patient care for acute or chronic back pain. He specializes in diagnosing and treating pain. The least invasive treatment procedures enable patients to improve their quality of life.

360 Pain Treatment is an advanced pain treatment that helps patients with various types and stages of acute, complex and chronic pain. The treatment minimizes symptoms associated with facet joint syndrome. This helps avoid unnecessary surgery.


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