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A Multifaceted Approach to Facet Syndrome

We all experience neck pain at some point in our lives. Are you feeling like you have to turn your entire body sideways because your neck is tight? Are you experiencing any pain  at the base of your head or in your upper back that gets worse sitting at work?   Might you be experienced any ringing in either one of your ears?    If you have any of these symptoms, it could be that you are experiencing what is called facet syndrome, a chronic condition that affects some or all of the small joints that connect each of your vertebrae together.

These joints give your body the ability to do all types of physical movements.    What happens with facet syndrome is the cartilage that sits between your joints actually begins to degenerate which unfortunately causes friction in between your bones unfortunately eating to pain, swelling and potential inflammation.

In our Wyckoff physical therapy clinic, we typically do not see this condition and people who are under the age of 50 but sometimes those with poor posture or who have experienced an auto accident such as whiplash might have this syndrome.

You want to make sure that the first thing you do is get a solid diagnostic report from your physician. It is clearly difficult to determine the actual source of pain if you do not visit a specialist.  After you have received your diagnosis, you can start working on a physical therapy program in the form of an isometric program which is designed to strengthen your muscles around your spine to overcompensate for any potential degeneration of your joints or any damage that might exist.

We will invest our time and use our experience to help increase your flexibility and relieve any pain always cognizant of your posture and not doing anything that might exacerbate the problem.

We will also use massage, heat and any other modalities to help improve the range of motion of your neck and sure you have maximum comfort.

If you are experiencing facet syndrome and are looking for a great physical therapist in the Wyckoff area, please give us a call today.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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