Cervical facet syndrome
Neck pain is a huge problem with an estimated 34% of the population experiencing neck pain at some point in their lives and 14% having ongoing chronic neck pain. Cervical facet syndrome is a fancy way to say that someone is experiencing neck pain and this comes from the back (posterior elements) of the neck. For someone to be diagnosed with cervical facet syndrome it is usually a process of elimination when the neck intervertebral disc, ligaments, muscles and nerves have been ruled out as a source of pain.
Symptoms of cervical facet syndrome
The symptoms of cervical facet syndrome typically involves tenderness at the back of the neck over the joints, pain over the muscles at the back of the neck and pain with movements that involve compressing the joints such as extension and rotation (reversing car). There is not neurological involvement with facet syndrome in the neck. Imaging studies such as MRI or CT scan don’t really help too much unless there is a suspicion of fracture or tumour.
Treatment of cervical facet syndrome
At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our chiropractors and physiotherapists specialise in the non-surgical treatment of neck pain and this includes cervical facet syndrome. When we treat any cause of neck pain, our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the latest evidence based treatments that have been shown to work. The stages of treatment for cervical facet syndrome involve reducing pain and inflammation, improving range of motion and function and strengthening the neck. In most cases chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments will be enough however is some persistent cases of neck facet syndrome we may need to send you off for an injection to help the recovery process.