Why Chiropractic Care is Great for Facet Joint Syndrome

Each of the vertebrae in your spine has two sets of facet joints that allow your spine to move easily in multiple directions. One set of facet joints faces upward and connects to the facet joints on the vertebra above it. The other set faces downward and connects to the facet joints on the vertebra below it.

Healthy facet joints are encapsulated by a type of tissue called the synovium, which produces a lubricating and nourishing liquid known as synovial fluid. The surfaces of your facet joints are also covered and protected by cartilage, which prevents the bones from rubbing against each other and causing pain.

If you injure your back or have arthritis, you may develop a condition called facet joint syndrome. Facet joint syndrome is characterized by inflammation that swells and degrades your tissues. It can also cause your vertebrae to develop bony protrusions called bone spurs, in an attempt to compensate for the lost cartilage. 

Swollen, irritated tissue can press against nerves that run through your facet joints, so that you feel sharp pain when you try to twist or bend your back. Bone spurs can also irritate your nerves and limit your movements.

At Reno Regenerative Medicine in Reno, Nevada, our founder Lloyd Decker, DC, and Paul Morgan, PA-C, believe that a healthy spine leads to a healthy body. That’s why chiropractic treatments don’t just alleviate the symptoms of facet joint syndrome, they improve your overall well-being and comfort.

Chiropractic care gives your facet joints more room

If your facet joints are swollen and painful, inflamed tissue presses against the nerves in your spine. Your chiropractor first conducts a thorough examination, and may order X-rays to identify areas of subluxation, which is where your vertebrae aren’t in a healthy alignment.

Although treatments may vary by patient, if you have facet joint syndrome, you may benefit from a type of chiropractic care known as spinal decompression. Your chiropractor has you lie down on the treatment table and then fastens harnesses around your trunk. 

When your chiropractor gently pulls the harnesses in opposite directions, your spine stretches out. A decompressed spine takes the pressure off your vertebrae and facet joints. The extra room also allows more oxygen, nutrient-rich blood, and lymph fluids to circulate in and around the facet joints and other spinal tissues.

Chiropractic care stimulates circulation 

In addition to spinal decompression, you may benefit from soft-tissue chiropractic therapies that increase your circulation. Manual massage, therapeutic ultrasound treatments, and alternating hot and cold therapies stimulate the flow of blood and lymph to subdue inflammation and promote healing.

You might also benefit from cold laser therapy and light therapies. These modalities not only increase circulation, they trigger healing responses in treated tissues. Both laser and light stimulate your body to produce more collagen and elastin to build healthier tissues. These therapies encourage the production of new blood vessels in the treatment area, too.

Chiropractic care puts things back in place

If you have subluxations, your chiropractor manipulates your vertebrae and surrounding tissues until the bones in your spine slip back into alignment. When your spine is perfectly aligned, it functions better, and so do all of the other organs in your body. 

A misaligned spine causes you to clench muscles on one side of your body, causing tension and pain. When your spine is aligned, your muscles and tendons relax. Healthy spine alignment is one aspect of a state called homeostasis, in which your body is able to heal itself.

Chiropractic care treats the whole person

Chiropractic care does more than just alleviate pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. It restores your body to a state of health so that you feel better and have more energy. Some aspects of chiropractic care include nutrition advice, physical therapy to build up your strength and flexibility, and posture and gait training to help you avoid future injuries.

You don’t have to suffer from the pain and stiffness of facet joint syndrome, neck pain, or back pain. Contact us today about chiropractic care by calling 775-234-2411 or sending us an online message

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