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    facet syndrome and back pain
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    An_246417 posted:
    I have been diagnosed with facet syndrome in my lower spine. If I stretch alot and avoid bending (gardening, emptying dishwasher, too much sitting while computing or working), it helps. However, i still get terrible back muscle spasms which take my breath away. Would an inversion table help if I went upside down ten minutes a day or before and after I need to bend.
    thanks, Linda
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    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    if you don't mind, have a couple questions -

    who diagnosed you with facet joint syndrome?

    which facet joints are affected?

    it's best that you get examined and diagnosed by either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - they are the only ones that can fully examine, diagnose and let you know what best treatment plans for you -

    having muscle spasm is a way to protect the injured back. sometimes this will entail facet joints but also if there are more underlying problems such as bulging/herniated discs.

    before purchasing or trying the inversion table out be sure you run this by your spine specialist. they would give you their consent on this.

    there are some members who have had this table and either it has helped or has made their spine problems worse. you may, if given ok, see if there are any physical therapist or chiropractors that may have this and see if it will help before deciding to purchase one.

    hope this helps - please keep us posted - take care - Joy
     
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    Staresky replied to bj1208's response:
    Thanks for the reply. I had a back orthopedic specialist diagnose me with xrays and neuro exam. Since diagnosis and refusal to get corticosteroid injections, I have gone to chiropractor 2x mos, massage 2xmos and yoga stretch every day. If I keep from bending, feel ok, although too much computer work still hurts. Over vacation, I walked a lot and did virtually no bending, and my back feels good. I truly believe that the walking helps my back. Chiropractor said lumbar lordosis is considerable and I need to counteract the rotation of hips. Still wondering if inversion table would also help.


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