Diagnosis and Treatment of Facet Joint Injuries
Facet Joint injuries are injuries to the small supporting joints in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. They can be injured as part of a motor vehicle accident or fall. The direct trauma to the spine during these injuries can dislocate, fracture or inflame the joint and bones that make up this delicate joint. Facet joint injuries make up one of the more common causes of chronic and disabling back and neck pain. Patients with facet joint injuries tend to have significant pain even though it is rare to have involvement of the spinal nerves.