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Sharp upper back pain just between spine and left shoulder blade. Into lot of physical activity. Spinal facet lock ?

A couple of weeks ago I developed a sharp pain in my upper back just between my spine and left shoulder blade after an intense work out. It has seemed to get better over time but I find it to get easily irritated again when I m doing alot of physical activity. Sometimes the pain will even radiate down my left arm and cause my hand to tingle. From what little research I ve done I wonder if I may have spinal facet lock...does this sound right? And if so, will it eventually go away or do I need to be seen by a physician?
Asked On : Fri, 10 Aug 2012
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Dear user,

Thank you for contacting us a healthcaremagic for more info on your symptoms. First its good to search through the net for diagnosis but sometimes this will cause anxiety because of many syndromes that might explain your situation. nevertheless to diagnose spinal facet what you need to do is during the acute attack to visit your doctor and ask for plain anterior-posterior (front-back), lateral (side view), and oblique (off angle) X-ray a CT is even better and he will tell you if he notices changes, another thing is to inject the facets with a cortisol and check if that reliefs the pain if it does then it is facet.

treatment can be surgical or non surgical, non surgical such as posture control, NSAIDS intake, etc...

hope that helped.

Best regards,
Dr. Nazzal
Answered: Mon, 15 Sep 2014
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