Cervical facet syndrome symptoms arise when the articular cartilage that lines the spinal facet joints in the neck deteriorates. . This deterioration allows denuded neck facet joint bones to rub against each other causing inflammation. Inflammation stimulates osteophytes, or bone spur, formation. . These degenerative changes in the cervical spine are typically a result of the aging process and the normal wear and tear associated with this highly flexible and frequently used spinal segment. Symptoms can include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Limited range of motion when turning the head and bending the neck
Cervical facet syndrome symptoms can also develop after an injury or harmful repetitive movements, such as bending and lifting, or consistently maintaining improper posture.
Treatment for cervical facet syndrome should begin conservatively, with non-surgical treatment techniques. Physicians usually recommend treatments such as rest, physical therapy, pain and anti-inflammatory medication, hot and cold therapy, low-impact exercise, and others. Alternative treatments, such as spinal manipulation, massage, acupuncture, and herbal supplements may also prove to be helpful in alleviating symptoms.
While non-invasive treatments usually ease cervical facet syndrome symptoms, some people do not find pain relief after several weeks or months of treatment. Laser Spine Institute offers a variety of minimally invasive procedures that have helped tens of thousands of people. Our orthopedic experts are able to perform these procedures on an outpatient basis. Unlike highly invasive open neck and back surgeries, they require a small incision and minimal anesthesia.. Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information and you’ll receive a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan.