The facet joints are located at the back of the spine with one either side of the spinal column. They help to regulate movement of the spine.
A facet joint strain is a common cause of back pain. A sudden bending, twisting or lifting movement can traumatise the joint and cause acute pain. Factors such as poor posture, sitting for long hours and poor general conditioning can lead to this kind of injury.
Facet joint pain is characterised by pain that is made worse by turning in bed, standing up from sitting and bending.
Chronic cases of facet joint injury can require an x-ray of the spine.
Osteopathy can help alleviate a facet joint strain through the manipulation and mobilisation of stiff joints and the stretching of tight muscles. Specific core strengthening exercises can also be recommended to prevent future occurences of this injury.