For any individuals who are struggling with an aching, dull pain in the back of their neck or their lower back, it could be a sign of facet syndrome. New York Spine Institute has helped several people recover from facet syndrome and provide high-quality care in everything related to necks, backs and spines.*

young man with facet syndrome

Facet Syndrome

Facet syndrome is a natural degeneration that happens with age. It’s an arthritis-like condition where the cartilage within the joints begins to naturally wear and become thinner. The conjoining vertebrae will then rub directly against one another, which can result in inflammation or swelling. At the New York Spine Institute, we can help treat facet syndrome. We are dedicated to treating you with the best care possible to recover in the most stable way possible.*

Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our spine specialists. We have offices throughout greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY.


Quality Care

At New York Spine Institute, our professional doctors pride themselves on giving high quality care and services to our neck, back and spine patients.

Industry Leaders

There are many professional doctors that will work to treat any complex spine disorder you may have, under the guidance of medical director Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS.

Multiple Languages

Our staff speaks a multitude of languages. Some of which include Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian. We look forward to serving all of our patients needs.

Understanding the Causes Of your Facet Syndrome

Facet syndrome can be caused by trauma such as a car accident or work accident where whiplash occurs. More commonly, degenerative changes in the thoracic, cervical, and lumbar spine will lead to abnormal stress and strain, which results in a heavier load on the facet joints.

Other risk factors can include:*

  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Injured it or used repetitive movements, like twisting your back, causing a flare-up
  • Deterioration of a vertebral disk

Diagnosing Your Facet Syndrome

Facet syndrome can be difficult to identify due to the subtlety of its symptoms, which can be hard to see without a flare-up. It’s mostly a dull, aching pain, in the back of the neck or lower back areas, so it can be easy to dismiss if you aren’t careful.*

Before you using any imaging services, it’s important to discuss with your doctor your family’s medical history, how your symptoms feel and how they affect your sleep and daily life. Afterwards, you may be recommended for an imaging service such as an MRI, x-ray, or a diagnostic block into the suspected joint.*

Treatment Options For Facet Syndrome

We offer the two main non-invasive treatments that are typically used for facet syndrome:

  • Physical therapy: Exercises that are used to rehabilitate the affected body part so you are more comfortable bending in daily life.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs: Used to prevent future flare-ups as you learn to manage your condition. 

Surgery that can be involved in the event that non-invasive treatments are exhausted can include: 

  • Surgically fuse the joints back together in a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Burning the anterior and posterior spinal nerve root (used only in the most severe cases).

NY Spine will be with you every step of the way of your treatment. We will make any effort possible to make surgery a last-minute resort so you don’t have to deal with the complications of post-surgery pain.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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