Spine Conditions
Facet Disease

Facet Disease

Facet disease is a form of arthritis that is localized in the Facet joints. Renova doctors can treat Facet disease using just a laser.


What is Facet Disease?

The facet joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae to one another. Facet Disease is a form of arthritis, caused by wear and tear, aging, injury, or misuse. This type of spinal degeneration can be attributed to overuse, trauma, or spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra, usually in the lower spine.

Symptoms

Symptoms related to facet joint problems are usually localized to the area of the facet joint. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (lower back) areas.

When the facets are affected in the lumbar region, a person can experience lower back pain that can travel down to the buttocks and upper thigh area. If the cervical area is affected, then pain can occur in the back of the neck and radiate to the top of the shoulders, and then around the neck.

Other related issues include cervical facet disease, degenerative facet disease, hypertrophic facet disease, lumbar facet disease, degenerative cervical, rheumatoid arthritis spine, cervical spine, and bone spurs.

Our Approach

Our highly sensitive pain-mapping techniques can pinpoint precisely which facet is causing the problem, allowing us to use the AccuCision® Spine procedure to enter through an incision often smaller than 1 mm to treat the pain using only a laser. And because we do not use expandable retractors, like many others who claim to do minimally invasive surgery, we avoid cutting muscle altogether, so you can get back to life as quickly as possible.
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