Facets and ligaments will not be as "clear" as radiculopathy along a specific dermatome. We need to be aware of this. Many patients after a crash can suffer facet damage and if the damaged facet is in the neck, the pain may be near the shoulder blades. This is an important clinical finding that if documented can give us more information to come up with a diagnosis of facet injury, and not just a sprain/strain. Plus, with an appropriate diagnosis of facet injury, you can discuss why you may feel this person may need long term care and may . . .
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