Lumbar Facet Syndrome

What is it?

Injury to the zygopopheseal (facet) joints of the lower back

What are the causes?

  • Facet syndrome results from hyperextension of the lumbar spine.
  • Trauma, degeneration, and faulty posture all contribute to producing condition.

What are the symptoms?

  • Low back pain radiating to the groin, hip and buttock and often the leg, in most cases above the knee.
  • The pain is aggravated by the following:
    • Hyperextension
    • Sleeping on the abdomen
    • Sitting in the upright position
    • Lifting a load in front of the body at or above the waistline
    • Coughing and sneezing (when acute)
  • Subjective numbness may be accompanying the pain
  • Subjective weakness is commonly due to pain and not a true motor deficit
  • Low back stiffness especially in the morning
  • There are palpable muscle spasms with focal tenderness over the affected facet joint.
  • Relief is usually achieved by brining the knees to the chest and 90/90 position

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