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Can you tell me what is a facet joint sprain?

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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Inflammation

It is usually seen after a whiplash injury and causes neck pain.
Chiropractic treatment or physical therapy can be useful if it persists. Occasionally we do an injection to knock it down.

In brief: Inflammation

It is usually seen after a whiplash injury and causes neck pain.
Chiropractic treatment or physical therapy can be useful if it persists. Occasionally we do an injection to knock it down.
Dr. Paul Slosar
Dr. Paul Slosar
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Spine Joints

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet.
Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Sprain suggests the ligaments attaching next to the facet joint are stretched or irritated causing pain.

In brief: Spine Joints

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet.
Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Sprain suggests the ligaments attaching next to the facet joint are stretched or irritated causing pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: An injury

An injury to the soft tissues of this joint when the joint is stressed past it's nornal motion range.
This can occur usually in the neck area and in the lower back. This can sometimes explain why some neck pains after an injury are chronic when a MRI will fail to reveal any disc problem but will not reveal a facet joint sprain which would require a facet block to diagnose.

In brief: An injury

An injury to the soft tissues of this joint when the joint is stressed past it's nornal motion range.
This can occur usually in the neck area and in the lower back. This can sometimes explain why some neck pains after an injury are chronic when a MRI will fail to reveal any disc problem but will not reveal a facet joint sprain which would require a facet block to diagnose.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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