physical therapy

Lumbar facet syndrome is an irritation of the joints in the posterior part of your lumbar spine, your lower back. When they are put under too much pressure, they can become painful or inflamed and cause pain in the lower back and buttocks, even when sitting for a long time. Facet syndrome is first favored by an overly arched lower back, weakness of the abdominals or sports that require repeated lumbar extensions e.g. gymnastics. In imaging tests, it is possible that we find facet osteoarthritis wear of the facet joints. However, an X-ray or scan or MRI is usually not necessary to resolve this type of problem. For physical therapy this is important.

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The Prescription of Your Physio

Stay active while respecting the symptoms. Avoid positions that accentuate the hollow of your lower back hyperlordosis. Limit prolonged standing, take sitting breaks. Walk according to your tolerance and promote cycling for cardio. Strengthen your abdominal muscles. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. On the back, put pillows under your knees. On the side, put a pillow between your knees. Keep a healthy weight. If you are overweight, every ten pounds lost will have a positive effect on your pain. Quit smoking, this is the highest incidence of back pain in smokers. Consult your physiotherapist quickly. In some cases, taking medication or facet blocks cortisone injection may be prescribed by your doctor to relieve your symptoms and thus allow you to resume your normal activities.

What the Physiotherapist Can Do To Help Me

After his assessment confirming that you have facet syndrome, your physiotherapist or sports physiotherapist will teach you exercises and give you the advice to relieve and then eliminate the pain. He can also use methods aimed at reducing your pain.

With the help of manual therapy, your physio will also ensure the optimal mobility of your vertebrae and relax the spasmed muscles. It will also guide you in resuming your activities. The temporomandibular joint, ATM for the intimate, is the joint of the jaw. It is located right in front of the ear. Our jaw consists of the temporal bone above and the mandible below, mobile bone. The latter is overhung by a disc (in blue) which follows it throughout the opening and closing of the mouth to avoid friction.

Jaw problems can cause cracking, local and also head and neck pain, as well as pressure in the ear. At Physio-Health, we see several types of pathology that cause jaw problems. Here are the two main ones.

It’s Been 2 Clicks? The Previous Disc Disturbance with Reduction:

Sometimes, at rest, the disc is positioned in front of the mandible instead of being over it when opening, the disc, positioned in front, is replaced on the mandible, which produces the famous click. When closing, the disc, which was at the beginning earlier, is repositioned in the starting position and we can hear a second click. This pathology can be experienced with or without pain.

It Blocks? The Previous Disc Disturbance without Reduction:

This pathology can also be without a reduction of the disc. The disc therefore does not succeed in repositioning itself on the mandible during the opening it remains anterior and will cause a blockage of the opening which is often painful. In most cases, the click has been heard for some time before, but the click is no longer present.

These two pathologies encompass a large part of the problems affecting the jaw. On the other hand, other problems can be involved, for example osteoarthritis or pain of muscular origin.

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