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Thoracic Facet Syndrome

About Thoracic Facet Syndrome

One of the key tipoffs that you may be suffering from a spinal condition called thoracic facet syndrome is pain in your neck when you try to turn your head. The syndrome is a degenerative disease that usually happens over time. But the earlier you get a firm diagnosis, the better chance you have of making a full recovery. The experts at the Spine & Rehab Group are spine specialists who know how to find the cause and enact the proper treatment for your ongoing pain and discomfort. In New York City and northern New Jersey, you don’t have to wait until you become immobilized with pain. Call one of the eight convenient locations at the first sign of trouble.

What Is Thoracic Facet Syndrome?

Thoracic facet syndrome is a degenerative spine condition that causes the thoracic facet joints of your spine to deteriorate so they become painful and stiff. The thoracic facet joints connect the thoracic vertebrae in your back to the side of your spine in the middle portion of your back. These joints provide stability, support and mobility to your spine.

Regular wear and tear erodes the cartilage and causes inflammation. This spinal condition, which is also called thoracic osteoarthritis and thoracic facet disease, affects your mobility and your quality of life. Because of these factors, you should seek immediate attention by a spine specialist if you suspect you have thoracic facet syndrome.

Dr. Amr Hosny and his team of spine doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group use the latest medical technology and practices for effective thoracic facet syndrome treatment. The team operates out of eight state-of-the-art locations spread across New York City and northern New Jersey.

What Causes Thoracic Facet Syndrome?

Facet joints are a type of synovial joint that provides structural stability to the vertebrae in your spinal column. With wear and tear of the spine, age, injury, overuse and disease, the cartilage on the facet joint can deteriorate over time. When this happens, you suffer pain and other symptoms. Common causes of thoracic facet syndrome include:

  • Degenerative disc disease, due to the general wear and tear that comes with age
  • Repetitive stress injuries caused by lifting heavy loads improperly
  • Chronic scoliosis, leading to increased wear of the facet joints
  • Backward motions that lead to compression on the facet joints and arthritic changes
  • Spinal trauma caused by a fall, car accident injury or sports injury
  • Instability at the joint level, causing ligament damage
  • Genetic factors

The spine treatment team led by Dr. Hosny uses the latest diagnostic technology, which forms the basis of your individualized treatment plan. You can find the Spine & Rehab Group in the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan in NYC. In New Jersey, they’re in Cranford, East Brunswick, Englewood Cliffs, Paramus and Riverdale.

Am I Suffering from Thoracic Facet Syndrome?

The location of the facet joint determines the type and severity of the symptoms you experience. The injury or inflammation of the facet joint also affects different soft tissue structures, leading to varying symptoms. It all depends on the nerves that are compromised and the extent of the facet degradation. Symptoms of thoracic facet syndrome may include:

  • Mid-back or ribcage pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Reduced range of motion, especially in your neck, forcing you to turn your whole body to look sideways
  • Pain whenever you turn your head
  • Pain in your shoulder blade or neck
  • Radicular pain that moves into your arms
  • Localized pain and tenderness in the affected facet joint
  • Difficulties sitting for extended periods
  • A visible deformity of the joint that’s visible through your skin
  • A cracking sensation when you move

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s likely you’re suffering from thoracic facet syndrome. It’s time to consult a spine doctor, and the earlier you do it, the better chance you have of a positive outcome. The spine specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group use a multi-disciplinary approach to thoracic spine facet syndrome treatment, which provides pain relief and restores your spine’s function.

Which Thoracic Facet Syndrome Treatment Is Best?

Your doctor selects the best thoracic spine facet syndrome treatment based on the diagnostic report and the severity of your condition. An individualized treatment plan is more effective, as it addresses the underlying cause of your specific pain. Effective treatments for this spine condition may include:

  • Medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Muscle relaxers to reduce muscle spasms
  • Rest and avoiding the activities that cause pain
  • Pain management
  • Ice treatment on the thoracic spine for pain relief
  • Facet joint injections
  • Thoracic epidural steroid injection
  • Regenerative injections, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Physical therapy to improve your range of motion, restore joint function and reduce inflammation
  • Surgical options, including spinal fusion and facet debridement

Your spine treatment team uses cutting-edge imaging technology, including x-rays, MRIs and CT scans, to get a correct diagnosis. Dr. Hosny explains the results and details the most effective treatment for your condition. If you’re experiencing problems turning your neck, or pain around your ribcage whenever you move, contact the best spine doctor in New York City and northern New Jersey.

Page Updated on Aug 26, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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