Lumbosacral Facet Syndrome

The facet joints are a pair of joints in the posterior aspect of the spine. The lumbosacral facet joint is reported to be the source of pain in 15-40% of patients with chronic low back pain.

Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder of industrialized society and the most common cause of disability in persons younger than 45 years. Given that 90% of adults experience low back pain sometime in their lives, the fact that it is the second leading cause for visits to chiropractors, primary care physicians and the most frequent reason for visits to orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons is not surprising.

Spinal manipulation is being used for both short and long-term pain relief. Some evidence supports the use of spinal manipulative therapy combined with a trunk-strengthening program, which, over the course of a year, may actually reduce the need for pain medication.

Dr. Stacy has determined that the following (checked) supplements may speed your recovery time.

  • Bio-Glycozyme Forte – 3 tablets, 3 times a day on an empty stomach
  • Fibro-Ez – 1-2 tablets daily with food
  • LI-Zyme Forte – 2 tablets, 3 times daily with food
  • Optimal EFAs – 2 capsules, 3 times daily with food
  • Intenzyme Forte – 4 tablets, 3 times daily on an empty stomach
  • Bio-FCTS – 3 capsules, 2 times daily with food
  • MSM – 1 capsule, 3 times daily with food

At Home
While nutritional changes will not usually produce immediate results, there can be no better way to make long term changes in the body than eating right. Some foods have properties which have been shown to change inflammatory levels. Acidic fruits can mildly block the body’s inflammation process, whereas red meat and shellfish increase arachidonic acid, which is known to increase inflammation levels.

Muscular strengthening exercises will be important once the back irritation has subsided. Back strengthening exercises help to build stability to weak tissue. It should be noted that irritated muscles can become further damaged with strengthening exercises that are premature to the healing of the area.

  • Reverse Sit Up
  • Sit Up
  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Gluteus Stretch
  • Piriformis Stretch

Posted on April 28, 2010, in Syndromes and disorders. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Lumbosacral Facet Syndrome.

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