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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:

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.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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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:

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:

patient TESTIMONIALS ★★★★★

I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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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:

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:

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 Oct 26, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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