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Cervical Facet Syndrome

About Cervical Facet Syndrome

Because your neck is such an integral part of everything you do, it’s subject to a wide range of disorders. To find out exactly what’s wrong with your upper back and neck, visit medical experts who exclusively diagnose and treat the issues with your spine, including cervical facet syndrome. Get the correct diagnosis and fast, effective cervical facet joint syndrome treatment at the Sports & Rehab Group. They have offices in New York City’s Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In New Jersey, find a spine specialist in Bergen County, Morris County or Union County. Call now for an appointment to get out of pain.

What Is Cervical Facet Syndrome?

Anatomy of Cervical Facet Syndrome

The primary symptoms of cervical facet syndrome are a pain in the neck and a limited range of motion in your neck. Facets are joints that permit you to stretch or flex your neck. In conjunction, facet joints also protect the bones or vertebrae in your spine. Facet joints keep your vertebrae from slipping out of place.

A severe neck injury or whiplash caused by a rear-end collision an exasperate or trigger cervical facet syndrome. Any other type of accident other than whiplash is rarely the source of this syndrome. Other possible causes or contributing factors of this syndrome include:

  • Advanced aging
  • Congenital anomalies that happen before or at birth
  • Obesity
  • Stress fractures or other neck injuries
  • Excessive manual labor before the age of 20
  • Degenerative osteoporosis
  • Malnutrition
  • A variety of infections
  • Gout

Dr. Amr Hosny and the Spine & Rehab Group medical team in New York City and northern New Jersey can identify cervical facet syndrome and its root causes from other reasons for neck pain. Then this expert team provides fast, effective treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Facet Syndrome?

Many of the symptoms of cervical facet syndrome are similar to thoracic facet joint syndrome, but they occur in the neck. Sometimes, there’s a radiating discomfort in your shoulders. Other times, you may experience upper back pain. Less frequently, the condition may create a tingling sensation in your hands, but it’s not as common as it is when you have a herniated disc.

You may not be able to specify where your pain is located because this generalized pain may feel like it’s traveling from your shoulders to your upper back. Then it may move somewhere in your neck. It can also seem worse when you’re trying to sleep at night. Other symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity when touched
  • Difficulty turning your neck without feeling pain
  • A stiffening of your neck
  • Increased pain after stretching your neck for an extended period, such as when you’re looking at a computer screen
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms

After taking your medical history, listening to your description of the symptoms you’re experiencing, and conducting any necessary imaging tests, your spine specialist diagnoses your condition. Only then can you begin the most effective treatment for cervical facet syndrome, the one that addresses your specific symptoms. This skillful management eases some of your symptoms.

What Are Effective Cervical Facet Syndrome Treatments?

Effective treatment meets your needs and addresses your specific concerns. Self-advocacy is an essential part of successful treatment because your Spine & Rehab Group spine doctor relies on your input to design an individualized treatment plan.

Your spine specialist always begins with the least invasive type of treatment for cervical facet treatment. Some pain management techniques used in combination with other therapies may include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Acupuncture
  • Posture-correcting approaches
  • Supportive weight loss
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Physical therapy and education
  • Self-care strategies
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy, a minimally invasive treatment that relies on injections that create heat lesions to prevent the nerve endings from telling your brain you’re in pain
  • Facet joint injections using steroids

What Can I Expect after My Treatment?

Your specialized team always explores what is most beneficial for you. This group of caring professionals looks for the least aggressive treatment to moderate your pain. They want to help you get you back to your routine and living the quality of life you prefer. If your pain disappears only to come back later, don’t be startled. It’s a degenerative syndrome that may flare up over time.

After cervical facet syndrome treatment, your condition may still deteriorate. The reasons for this decline have several contributing factors, such as:

  • Inclement weather
  • Over-use
  • Repetitive motions at work
  • Stress
  • Aging

When Is Surgery Warranted?

Your spine specialist may consider surgical options once you’ve exhausted all conservative treatments available. These surgical procedures, if considered suitable, consist of:

  • Laminectomy surgery
  • Cervical facet arthropathy surgery
  • Facet joint replacement surgery

It’s prudent to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor at the Spine & Rehab Group. With eight office locations in New York City and throughout northern New Jersey, you’ll find a spine specialist near you. Don’t postpone treatment, since you’re at risk of further complications. Contact the nearest office today for a consultation.

Page Updated on Nov 15, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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