Cervical Facet Syndrome Pain

Neck pain is common in the general population and even more common in a chronic pain management practice.

Cervical facet Syndrome pain includes tenderness to palpation over the facet joints or neck paraspinal muscles, pain with cervical extension or rotation, and absent neurologic abnormalities.

Imaging studies usually are not helpful, with the exception of ruling out other sources of pain, such as fractures or tumors.

Signs of cervical spondylosis, narrowing of the intervertebral foramina, osteophytes, and other degenerative changes are equally prevalent in people with and without neck pain.

Credit: Emedicine