Facet syndrome occurs when the facet joints located between the spinal vertebrae begin to break down, either from wear and tear or from prolonged pressure from injury. When the joints have excess pressure placed upon them and they weaken, there is a reduced range of motion. This is known as facet syndrome.
The Consequences of Failing to Receive Treatment for Facet Syndrome
Facet joint problems can cause chronic pain and make it impossible to perform normal, beneficial daily activities, such as:
- exercising; and
- basic reaching and bending.
If the condition isn’t treated, patients may experience certain complications like arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Bone spurs may form, too. Chronic pain can accompany these complications, making the condition very troubling for sufferers.
If you recently injured your back on the job, it’s important to stay alert to any signs that you may be developing facet syndrome. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor and make an appointment for a thorough medical examination:
- pain and stiffness in the neck or back;
- pain that worsens with movements such as bending or twisting;
- stiffness after staying in one position for a long period of time; or
- headaches and shoulder pain (for cervical facet syndrome).
Consulting an Attorney after a Work-Related Injury Diagnosis
If you suspect that you’re developing complications because of a work-related incident or repetitive motion at work, obtain legal help as soon as possible to help preserve your workers’ compensation claim. To learn about your legal options for compensation, contact Walker, Billingsley & Bair at (888) 435-9886 to set up a consultation to speak to an attorney.