Facet syndrome is most often caused by whiplash and athletic injuries where the spine and/or neck spends a lot of time in extension. Young gymnasts, for example, are at risk for facet syndrome.
Pain from facet syndrome feels like a dull ache. Symptoms include:
- neck pain
- radiating pain (into the upper back)
- loss of neck movement.
Pain from facet syndrome is often confused with pain from other vertebral structures nearby. It is important to get a diagnosis from a qualified physician to rule out other conditions such as disk disease.