What is the role of physical therapy during the maintenance phase of lumbosacral facet syndrome treatment?

Updated: Nov 19, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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The maintenance phase represents the final phase of the rehabilitation process for lumbosacral facet syndrome. Eccentric muscle-strengthening exercises, including more dynamic conditioning exercises (eg, with a large gym ball) are added to the program. Exercises are to be performed in a functional manner and in functional planes (eg, standing in multiple planes). For patients involved in sporting activities, sports-specific training is incorporated so that a neutral spine can be maintained. The goals of a comprehensive spine rehabilitation program have been met when pain is controlled, near-full range of motion of the spine is achieved, symmetrical flexibility is attained, and trunk control can be maintained in sport or recreational activities.


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