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Facet Pain

Facet pain is back pain along the joint that connects the bone. It may be due to aging or accidental injury that damages the facet joints. Facet pain is common in the lower back, neck, and midback regions. The symptoms of facet vary depending on the area involved. Treatment includes stretching and strengthening exercises, massaging and applying hot packs, and maintaining ergonomics and core stabilizing exercises.

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On trying to straighten my back, I got a sudden pain. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,As I was about to straighten my back while holding the bar to lift the weight (deadlifts), I felt a clunk sound in my left lower back. The same spot as I previously injured 20 months ago on the last rep of deadlift. I rounded my back, and it pulled me down. It got cured in four or five day...  Read Full »

Shakti Mishra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is better to have an x-ray done immediately so that we can confirm the exact site of the injury. It might be a locking of the facet joint that usually happens if you suddenly lift a heavy object and try to lift it. That is why it is always advisable to have a warm-up s...  Read Full »

My neck has been hurting, especially when I lift my right arm over my head. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My neck has been hurting since last week. I stood up and felt something pop and began to become sore. I have been able to work out and go to work all week, and I thought it was getting better, but today, it hurts more, especially when I lift my right arm over my head. Unfortunately, there ...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In my opinion, you have a facet joint irritation in your neck. I recommend the following: Apply ice to your neck. A very gentle massage over the neck will be helpful. A gentle stretch done gradually with an increase in the neck range will b...  Read Full »

I got hurt while doing shoulder exercises, after which my spine and shoulder blade area started to pain. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I hurt my back doing a shoulder exercise. The area in pain is in the middle of my back between my spine and shoulder blade. The pain seems deeper, and a massage in the area does not help. Could it be a pulled muscle? Please help.  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The pain that you had could be a facet joint irritation and lock. I suggest you apply a lot of ice in that area and do a bit of foam rolling. Do some thoracic mobilization, like lying over the foam roller and arching back. Slowly move it up and ...  Read Full »

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