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Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet joint syndrome is the medical term used to describe lower back pain, usually chronic in nature, that originates from the facet joints of the spine. Each vertebra of the back was two pairs of facet joints, one located on the upper part of the bone and the other on the lower part. These joints link the back of the spine together, provide spinal stability and control motion, such as bending and twisting, between the vertebrae.

As in other joints that can become inflamed due to severe or long term injuries, such as those in the fingers and knees, arthritis in the facet joints can progress into chronic pain syndrome, resulting in lifelong stiffness and pain. Facet joints are directly linked with the portion of the spinal cord located in the neck. Therefore, injured victims may also experience difficulties with neck rotation and migraine headaches.

Accidents Frequently Resulting in Facet Joint Syndrome

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
  • Truck Collisions
  • Bus Incidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Incidents

Lower back pain is one of the most frequently reported symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome. In certain cases, the pain will radiate from the lower back into the buttocks and the upper portions of the leg. The inflammation of the joints causes them to be painful and stiff, which can create struggles with spinal cord-based movements, such as getting up from a seated position or standing up straight. It is not uncommon for injured victims suffering from facet joint syndrome to walk in a hunchback position due to their physical limitations.

Certainly, individuals suffering from facet joint syndrome as the result of a personal injury will require a specialized physician from whom they can obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment protocol, such as anti-inflammatory medications and local anesthetic injections. However, just as important is an experienced facet joint syndrome and chronic pain injury lawyer to protect your legal rights. Our attorneys are educated in spinal cord injury cases and can litigate your spinal injury case both in the metro Atlanta area, as well as throughout the entire state of Georgia. Should you have no remaining options but to file a lawsuit to recover for your back injury, attorneys at The McAleer Law Firm will retain the services of medical experts, including those specializing in orthopaedic surgery and pain management, who can testify as to the chronic pain resulting from facet joint syndrome in addition to the prognosis for your particular injury.

For the most severe cases of chronic pain resulting from facet joint syndrome, your Georgia spinal cord injury lawyer can advise you about seeking additional treatment with a knowledgeable and skilled pain management expert, who may recommend a protocol including radiofrequency rhizotomy, which is a procedure in which the nerves coming from the fact joints that relay pain impulses to the brain are heated with radiofrequency waves in an attempt to block the transmission of the pain impulses.

Personal injury victims who are suffering from chronic pain must mitigate their damages and ensure that their personal injury claims are preserved in order to obtain maximum monetary recovery for their injuries. The best way to do this is to contact the skilled Georgia facet joint syndrome and chronic injury attorneys of The McAleer Law Firm at 404.MCALEER. Our firm provides legal representation for injured plaintiffs in metropolitan Atlanta counties, such as Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett, as well as throughout the state.

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