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Facet Syndrome

Facet Syndrome symptoms generally include deep, achy pain in the neck or low back that is often made worse by bending toward the affected side.

Degenerative changes that began with the Facet Syndrome can progress into more serious problems like Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease.

Facet Syndrome

Spinal bones are connected together by interlocking “fingers” of bone called facets. The facet joints are extremely nerve-rich and relay a variety of information regarding joint motion and position to the brain. It is this information that allows us to sense our own posture and body movements or pain when dysfunction exists. Normally, these joint surfaces are smooth and “slick” with a joint lubricant.

Prolonged, uncorrected dysfunction and accumulated trauma can cause the joint surfaces to become compressed together preventing proper motion. This condition is often referred to as a Facet Syndrome. The fluid lubricant within these joints requires proper and complete joint motion to keep it circulating. Therefore, a Facet Syndrome can cause degenerative changes to occur by starving the cartilage of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Facet Syndrome is now treatable using DRX9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. However, if left untreated the degenerative changes that began with the Facet Syndrome can progress into more serious problems that can become irreversible. These conditions include osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.

Facet Syndrome:: Symptoms

The symptoms of a facet syndrome generally include deep, achy pain in the neck or low back. The pain is often near the center of the spine and is more pronounced on one side of the spine. The pain is often made worse by bending toward the affected side or bending backward. It is also common to experience stiffness in the involved region of the spine in the morning that is decreased with activity or stretching. Facet Syndrome symptoms are often aggravated by prolonged sitting or standing.

Treatment with DRX9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression provides relief to severe back and neck pain sufferers by gently separating the bones of the spine. The bones are slowly and methodically separated using DRX9000 Spinal Decompression equipment. As the vertebrae are separated pressure is slowly reduced within the facet. Decompressing the “jammed” spinal joints can drastically reduce pain and disability. Also, the separation creates a “sucking” vacuum within the joint capsule that pulls much-needed oxygen, nutrients and fluids into the injured joint space allowing healing to begin.

The treatment motion is computer controlled to provide gentle and painless decompression of the “jammed” spinal joints. Advanced DRX9000 decompression techniques separate slowly and cycle between brief moments of pulling and relaxing (oscillation). This reduces protective muscle spasm that contributed to the poor success outdated of other “traction” techniques. The latest DRX9000 decompression technologies also incorporate angulated elongation methods to target specific joints of the spine (for example: L5/S1 at the base of the spine). This allows the treatment to rely less on brute force (separating multiple levels with high force) and more on finesse (using less decompressive force to focus on a single spinal segment) to rehabilitate individual spinal joints.

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