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?”

Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome

Approximately half a million low back surgeries are done each year in the United States of America.  Some may wonder why the number is so high especially when you consider that low back surgeries have such poor long term outcomes.

The article Alarming Escalation of Fusion Surgery written in 2016 by Dr. Ron Feise, D.C. states that between 1993 and 2008, spinal fusion surgeries increased by 773.8%. To put this into perspective, that’s only a 15 year time frame.   Continue reading “Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome”