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Can a facet joint injury start out as a sharp stinging pain like something being pulled?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: It can but....

More commonly symptoms such as that are more consistent with a strain and spasm in the para spinal muscles.

In brief: It can but....

More commonly symptoms such as that are more consistent with a strain and spasm in the para spinal muscles.
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Possible

It is possible, but it could have been a muscle injury or si joint problem as well.
Unless the facet is fractured, it can usually be managed conservatively in someone your age. Conservative measures include pt, chiropractic, nsaids, medial branch blocks and radio frequency ablation. A spine specialist can provide a thorough evaluation and confirm that your facet complex is the cause of pain.

In brief: Possible

It is possible, but it could have been a muscle injury or si joint problem as well.
Unless the facet is fractured, it can usually be managed conservatively in someone your age. Conservative measures include pt, chiropractic, nsaids, medial branch blocks and radio frequency ablation. A spine specialist can provide a thorough evaluation and confirm that your facet complex is the cause of pain.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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