Facet Joint Syndrome Conditions

Facet joint syndrome treatment options can include a range of osteopathic manipulation techniques to reduce tension, relieve pain, restore range of motion, and alleviate other debilitating symptoms.


Facet Joint Syndrome Treatment in New York City

Treatment for facet joint syndrome includes osteopathic manipulation treatment and other techniques designed to reduce pain, alleviate tension, restore mobility, and address other related symptoms.

What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

Facet joint syndrome, or facet arthropathy, is a condition of the spine that can result in serious back and neck pain. It is an arthritis-like condition in which the facet joints experience wear and tear over time that cause a breakdown in cartilage and inflammation that causes pain signals to be triggered in the nerve endings. In some cases, bone spurs can form. This painful condition can cause muscle spasms, limited mobility, and may be either periodic or chronic in nature.

What Causes this condition?

Facet joints are located in the spine, where they link vertebrae together and provide support, mobility, and stability. When operating properly, they enable spinal flexibility, including twisting and extension movements. These joints are like other joints in the body, containing cartilage that can become thin and worn as you age. In addition, your joints can be negatively impacted by physical injury and various repetitive motions.

In some cases, discs in the vertebrae can experience degeneration, resulting in subtle shifts in body weight that put even more pressure on the facet joints. That added pressure can cause further deterioration in the cartilage.

What Are the Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome?

Problems with the facet joints can afflict both men and women, and often occur in patients who are vulnerable to arthritic symptoms. It can also occur in patients who have suffered an injury in the spine. Patients who experience this joint deterioration can be as young as 40 or as old as 70.

In many instances, the syndrome is painless until the body experiences an event that causes pain symptoms. While many of those symptoms can also be indicative of other back and pain conditions, the following signs could point to problems with the facet joints:

  • Pain is typically a dull ache in the region between the small of the back and the buttocks or between the shoulders and back of the head in the neck.
  • The pain is often heightened by certain movements, like bending or twisting toward the affected joint.
  • Discomfort can often be reduced by leaning, sitting, or otherwise changing positions.
  • Prolonged inactivity or standing in one place can increase discomfort.
  • When bone spurs have formed, the pain can spread to either the arms or legs.

How We Can Help

If you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate any type of facet joint condition, we can help with targeted osteopathic care to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life. Treatment can include a range of osteopathic techniques to reduce stress to the joints, eliminate pain, and restore lost function.


Back and Spine Conditions

Back and spine conditions can be degenerative, disease-related, or caused by overuse or injury. Symptoms can include pain, impaired mobility, numbness, weakness, and more.

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Contact Us Today

To learn more about how Dr. Tafler’s team can help you reduce your pain and restore your quality of life, contact us today. We will be happy to schedule an appointment to help you get the diagnosis and treatment plan needed to improve your overall health, better manage your back pain, and minimize the risk of further joint damage.

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Facet Joint Syndrome Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!