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Facet Joint Dysfunction

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What is Facet Joint Dysfunction?

Back pain is the second most common cause of long term sickness in the UK after stress (NHS UK). About 7.6 million working days were lost due to work related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2010-2011 (NHS UK) and 80% of people will experience LBP at some stage of their lives. This can be either an acute episode or on going chronic pain and disability. Most causes of back pain are due to an acute strain of a muscle, ligament or pain from the facet joints. These joint lie either side of the lumber vertebrae under the muscles that run up your back. If they come strained you will experience pain at the side of the back that can be very severe.


Common Causes

Common causes of this injury:

  • Bending forwards and lifting
  • Bending forwards and twisting
  • Poor sitting posture

Sports that can cause this injury:

  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Rugby

Common Signs & Symptoms

Following this injury the common signs and symptoms are:

  • Pain either side of the spine when sitting
  • Pain either side of the spine when bending to the side
  • Pain in the back when sitting

Condition Management

What should be done following this injury:

  • Consult your GP or chartered physiotherapist
  • Keep your back moving gently
  • Use a heat pack to apply heat to the painful area to help reduce muscle spasm

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