Joint Sprain, Jammed Joint, Facet Syndrome

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

One of the very common causes of low back pain is “facet syndrome”. This condition is also called a sprain joint or jammed joint in the low back.

The person that will likely have this problem has a deep curve in their spine when standing naturally, and gets pain when walking, getting up from sitting, standing, or participating in activities. The facets are synovial joints, just like the knuckles of your fingers, and can get jammed, just like your fingers. I have seen plenty of patients who had a traumatic back bending injury, but most of the time, its their posture that causes a little bit of trauma, hundreds of times a day, leading to a huge problem by the time they see me. The person with “facet syndrome” carries much more load on the facet joints in the back of their spine due to their exaggerated lumbar curve posture.

Why in the world do these people assume this posture? There are a couple of muscles that get too tight, the hip flexor group and the spinal erectors. These muscles crunch the low back into extension and compression and must be manually released. We perform a technique called Active Release Technique, or ART for short, to "unlock" the cause of the muscle tightness. The consequence of this imbalance is joint jamming, which needs to be addressed with the specific chiropractic manipulation to restore flexion to the spine. For this person, nothing is better than the right adjustment. After we do our work, we will teach you rehab exercises to keep the problem from returning by stabilizing the spine weakened spine and mobilizing the hip, especially those hip flexors. One of the best exercises to help with this problem is called a hip flexor stretch. (Click Here To See a How To Video)

This is only one out of many causes of low back pain. If you have back problems, find a doctor who has the knowledge and skill to examine the function of the system, find where and why it breaks down, and applies that to treatment. By the way, that's what we do! And also remember, as Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine....We get you better! Faster!