Facet arthropathy, also called facet joint arthritis, is a common type of osteoarthritis that affects elderly individuals. The facet joints connect each disc in the spinal column. Facet arthropathy is caused by the degeneration of the facet joints’ cartilage, which forces bones to rub together or otherwise move in inappropriate ways. This causes pain, stiffness and swelling.
Because these joints directly affect the performance of your nervous system, it’s advisable to seek treatment from a medical professional specializing in spinal care, like a chiropractor. Chiropractic methods may alleviate symptoms or reduce strain on your body’s facet joints, thereby improving a person’s quality of life and general comfort.
At Graybar Chiropractic, we welcome elderly patients in North Carolina who may be suffering from facet arthropathy. Using a tailormade Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, we help plan out a treatment schedule designed to deliver maximum relief to your facet joints and overall spine.
Facet arthropathy treatment
While there is no known ‘cure,’ for facet arthropathy, there are ways to manage its symptoms and slow its advance. Seeking the assistance of a well-trained chiropractor is one way that you can manage your joint degeneration. Chiropractic practitioners may use methods like spinal realignment and physical manipulation of the spinal column to remove pressure from swollen and irritated facet joints.
Chiropractic care is often coupled with physical therapy to improve overall treatment outcomes and to build up muscle strength in the spinal column. If there is more support for the spinal column and its surrounding areas, premature degeneration of the facet joints is less likely to occur.
Electrical muscle stimulation is another common practice implemented by many chiropractors. This treatment methodology may actually help rebuild muscle mass and potentially slow the degeneration of joint cartilage within the facet joints.
Massages and therapies
Some chiropractors may also provide natural pain management options, including massage therapy, essential oil treatments and hot and cold presses. Cold presses should be used directly after a flair-up, as cold temperatures reduce swelling and ease pain. Hot presses and salt baths can be used to promote greater blood flow and create a healing environment. Ginger extract is an effective pain management tool that some chiropractors may also recommend.
Other non-steroidal and non-opioid pain medication may be provided, depending on the circumstances.
Chiropractors and physical therapists can also provide recommended diet changes that can help you ensure you’re getting the nutrients needed to maintain joint and bone health. Foods rich in glucosamine sulfate, for instance, can actually help cartilage regeneration. They may also recommend taking supplements, such as vitamin D and calcium pills.
Addressing facet arthropathy head-on
If you’re suffering from facet arthropathy, plan to visit your chiropractor several times a week for at least four to six weeks. Once the initial flare-up subsides, you can make regularly scheduled visits based upon a recurring CBP treatment plan you establish with your chiropractic practitioner. Repeated visits may help lower the chances of encountering another bad episode of facet arthropathy.
Graybar Chiropractic is familiar with the struggles of North Carolina patients living with facet joint pain. To learn more about our comprehensive, thorough approach, guided by CBP, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.