Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joint Syndrome/Osteoarthritis

Can the Regenerative Clinic help?

Our renowned medical team provides a range of treatments, from the traditional to the innovative:

Also called facet or nerve root blocks, they are recommended if you’ve not had much success with the first-step approaches of painkillers, exercise, losing weight and spinal physiotherapy. 

This is an effective and well-researched procedure that’s a potential alternative to surgery. It takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to reduce pain and improve joint function. It uses a specially concentrated dosage of platelets prepared from your own blood to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. Patients usually see their symptoms improve in one to two weeks of having the injections. Read more clinical evidence supporting PRP here.

A pioneering new treatment using your body’s own stem cells to treat pain and inflammation. The minimally invasive procedure is a possible alternative to having an operation or can be used after surgery to help healing. It harnesses natural repair cells removed from your body fat to target problems affecting discs, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. The procedure takes around an hour and early results suggest an improvement for 75 per cent of suitable patients. 

Read Francine’s story who had Lipogems® treatment in her lower back and neck. Her back is now perfectly strong and her life has changed completely.

What are your facet joints?

​They’re the cartilage-lined links between your back bones, there are two between each vertebra. They enable your back and neck to flex smoothly so you can bend.


What is facet joint syndrome/osteoarthritis?

It is pain caused by the aging process, which often leads to the facet joints becoming enlarged. Like most back pain, it can be made worse by lifting badly, or if you’re inactive or overweight.

What are the symptoms?

Pain around the affected joints, especially when turning, twisting or straightening. It’s often sore or stiff first thing in the morning. There’s also a chance it can cause discomfort, numbness or tingling in your buttocks and thighs. If the facet joints enlarge sufficiently to ‘trap’ nerves, then pain – often called sciatica – can radiate down your leg.

What is the next step?

As well as an expert consultation with a specialist on your symptoms and advice on the best way to relieve your pain, we offer both traditional and innovative therapies. The first step is to book a consultation for a thorough assessment. Click here to make an appointment.

Clinical evidence

Intradiscal and intra-articular facet injections using PRP

Intradiscal and intra-articular facet infiltrations with ‘Endoret’ plasma rich in growth factors reduce pain in patients with chronic low back pain. Read full paper.

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