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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.

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 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:

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:

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.

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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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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:

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 Jun 17, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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