Facet joint pain
Help stop the suffering
Facet joints are common sources of chronic back and neck pain.12 Like all joints, they go through wear and tear, causing pain as people age.
Facet joint pain can be relentless. But at Stryker, we’re just as relentless. Our main goal is giving you proven innovations that can make a real difference for your patients. Contact a rep if your patients are experiencing pain that includes:
- Pain or tenderness in the lower back
- Pain that increases with twisting at the waist or bending backward and extending the lower back
- Pain that moves to the buttocks and hips or the back of the thighs—usually a deep, dull ache
- Stiffness or difficulty with certain movements, such as standing up straight or getting up out of a chair
- Difficulty rotating the head
- Neck pain, headaches and/or shoulder pain
Know what's causing your patient's pain
Each vertebral body in the spine has three main points of movement: the intervertebral disc and the two facet joints. These facet joints are small, stabilizing joints located on either side of each vertebra and consist of bony knobs coated with a slippery cartilage.
Choose a minimally invasive option
If your patient’s pain doesn’t improve with conservative treatments—like pain medication, exercise and physical therapy, posture correction, activity modification or steroid injections—consider treatment with radiofrequency ablation.