Facet Syndrome

The bones in your spine are connected together by interlocking “fingers” of bone called facet joints. Extended, untreated and/or accumulated trauma can cause these joint surfaces to become compressed together preventing proper motion. This condition is often referred to as a Facet Syndrome.

The natural fluid lubricant in your body’s joints needs complete joint motion to keep it circulating. Without the proper nutrients and oxygen reaching the cartilage in your spine, these joints can degenerate into more serious problems that may be irreversible. These conditions include osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.

Facet Syndrome is a common problem that encompasses all age groups and both genders. It is recognized as one of the more frequent illnesses and can be extremely painful. For gymnasts and other athletes this is a common problem but whiplash and the aging process can also be the cause of this malady.

Symptoms of Facet Syndrome

It is very difficult to pinpoint the symptoms of Facet Syndrome because they mimic the symptoms of many other back pain problems. General symptoms of this condition are very similar to many other pain syndromes:


  • Acute pain in the spine, especially during periods of movement.
  • Loss of range of motion and flexibility (stiffness) in the affected region (especially after prolonged sitting or standing).
  • Pain is often worse when bending backwards or bending toward the affected side.
  • Sciatica symptoms are possible with lumbar nerve involvement.
  • Pinched Nerve symptoms are possible, especially in the cervical spine.


The symptoms of Facet Syndrome are often confused with those of other vertebral structures nearby. It is imperative that you get a diagnosis from a qualified physician to rule out other conditions.

Spinal Decompression Therapy provides relief by gently and methodically separating the bones of your spine. This is done using the Kennedy Neural-Flex Decompression Table. As the vertebrae are separated, pressure slowly decreases in the joint. By decompressing the “jammed” spinal joints, the pain can be drastically reduced. This “separation” also creates a “sucking” vacuum that directs much-needed nutrients, oxygen and fluids into the injured joint space, which aids the healing process.

A computer controls the “distraction force” and the spine is slowly stretched to provide gentle and painless decompression of the “jammed” spinal joints. The technique of Spinal Decompression Therapy slowly rotates between brief moments of pulling and relaxing (oscillation). This will reduce the possibility of a protective muscle spasm that contributed to the poor success of other “traction” techniques.

Spinal Decompression Therapy can also incorporate angulated elongation methods to target specific joints of the spine. This treatment relies less on brute force and more on finesse to rehabilitate individual spinal joints.

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago facilitated an outcome study (http://tularespine.com/uploads/VAX_D_Research_Paper.pdf) using this technique. According to this study, patients with Facet Syndrome had a 72% reduction in pain and the success rate was 68%. If you’ve been living with this kind of pain and other treatments have not helped, it is time to try Spinal Decompression Therapy. It may just give you your life back.

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