Symptoms: Lumbar facet syndrome symptoms include localized pain in the lumbar spine, as well as a duller type pain in the hip, buttock or upper leg. This duller pain is called referred pain, because it originates in one area and then spreads to adjacent areas.
Symptoms of lumbar facet syndrome usually get worse from sleeping on your stomach, twisting your torso, working with your arms above your head, and getting up from a sitting position. These types of activities expose the joints to abnormal stress, increasing the likelihood of injury and irritation.
Overview: Your lumbar spine is located at the center of your lower back, just above the buttocks. Lumbar facet syndrome affects the lumbar facet joints in this area and is quite painful. The joints connect the vertebrae in the spine, and protect the spine by limiting excessive motion and preventing the vertebrae from locking together.
Lumbar facet syndrome usually occurs when someone tries to “tough-it-out” after developing lumbar facet irritation. This condition usually develops after a sudden twisting motion or straightening up from a bent position. It can also be caused by repetitive twisting motions like swinging a golf club. This type of activity stretches the joint capsules and/or jams the facet joints, resulting in swelling and inflammation. Poor posture, misaligned joints and everyday wear-and-tear can also cause lumbar facet irritation.
Lumbar facet irritation is signified by pain in the lower back, while the more serious lumbar facet syndrome also has accompanying referred pain in the hip, buttock or upper leg areas. For either condition, Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. can help relieve your pain and restore functionality to misaligned or malfunctioning joints.