Cervical Spondylosis & Facet Syndrome

What is Cervical Spondylosis & Facet Syndrome?

This condition refers to degenerative arthritis of the small joint in the neck called Facet joints, or zygapophysial joints.  These joints are provide mobility and support to the neck, especially extension, and rotation during activities such as driving. Degenerative arthritis of the cervical facet joints affects many people, especially after the age of 60. In addition, Cervical facet joints may be injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents, neck sprains, and whiplash type injury


What are the Symptoms of Cervical Facet Syndrome?

Pain from cervical spondylosis is variable and can be mild to severe. Typical symptoms include dull ache, neck stiffness, grinding and popping sounds with neck movement, and increased  pain with looking to the sides especially during activities such as driving.  Many patients will experience occipital headaches, and referred pain to trapezius and shoulder blades. Patients who have a history of prior Anterior cervical Discectomy and fusion will often experience neck pain despite of successful surgery that may be related to inflammation and spondylosis in the facet joints.

What Treatments are Available at RA Pain Services ?

At RA Pain Services, we offer wide range of treatments for patients suffering with neck pain secondary to cervical spondylosis. Many patients benefit from conservative treatments such as physical therapy to improve range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Certain classes of medications such as non steroidal anti-inflammatory  may be beneficial. Those patients who have failed to respond to conservative treatments, your Physician may discuss Cervical Medial Branch Blocks and Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation.