Facet Joint Syndrome/Osteoarthritis
Can the Regenerative Clinic help?
Also called facet or nerve root blocks, they are recommended if you’ve not had much success with the first-step approaches of painkillers, exercise, losing weight and spinal physiotherapy.
This is an effective and well-researched procedure that’s a potential alternative to surgery. It takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to reduce pain and improve joint function. It uses a specially concentrated dosage of platelets prepared from your own blood to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. Patients usually see their symptoms improve in one to two weeks of having the injections. Read more clinical evidence supporting PRP here.
A pioneering new treatment using your body’s own stem cells to treat pain and inflammation. The minimally invasive procedure is a possible alternative to having an operation or can be used after surgery to help healing. It harnesses natural repair cells removed from your body fat to target problems affecting discs, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. The procedure takes around an hour and early results suggest an improvement for 75 per cent of suitable patients.
What are your facet joints?
They’re the cartilage-lined links between your back bones, there are two between each vertebra. They enable your back and neck to flex smoothly so you can bend.
What is facet joint syndrome/osteoarthritis?
It is pain caused by the aging process, which often leads to the facet joints becoming enlarged. Like most back pain, it can be made worse by lifting badly, or if you’re inactive or overweight.
What are the symptoms?
What is the next step?
As well as an expert consultation with a specialist on your symptoms and advice on the best way to relieve your pain, we offer both traditional and innovative therapies. The first step is to book a consultation for a thorough assessment. Click here to make an appointment.