What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

 

I’ve read thousands of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports.  An MRI is imaging that is different than x-rays or CT scans. MRI’s show soft tissue problems such as bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteophytes (bone spurts), and a condition called facet joint hypertrophy.

Most of the MRI reports that come across my desk are lumbar and cervical MRI’s.  Occasionally, I’ll read a thoracic MRI report but most of my patients have severe and chronic low back pain with accompanied hip or leg pain.

I’ve also treated many severe neck pain patients with upper extremity radiculopathy which is pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the upper back, shoulders, arms and hands.  Continue reading “What is Facet Joint Syndrome?”

Pain Changes Things

I have dedicated my professional career to working with patients who are in chronic pain.  It has become my life’s calling.  I get so much joy and happiness helping people who say that nothing else had worked for them before they came to me.

Some people may think I’m a nerd, but I still get goosebumps when someone tells me how much better they are.  I’ve been in healthcare for a long time but I feel like I hit the game winning 3 point shot in the NBA Finals every time a patient shares with me a great success story with all of the things that they couldn’t do before and all of the things they can do now.

I don’t believe in, recommend, or do pain management.  To me, “pain management” is for the birds  It’s sad, because it is a multi-trillion dollar industry but I don’t have a time and place for pain management. Continue reading “Pain Changes Things”