Many structures in the cervical spine can generate pain, including the intervertebral discs, facet joints, ligaments, muscles and nerve roots. The facet (zygapophyseal) joints have been found to be a possible source of neck pain, and the diagnosis of cervical facet syndrome is common. At David Roberts Physio we successfully treat many patients with Facet Joint pain.

What are Facet Joints?

They are pairs of gliding joints at each level of the spine that allow movement and stability between each vertebrae. The exact shape of these joints varies at different spinal segments to provide the right amount of movement/stability.

Due to natural wear and tear the cartilage within these joints can wear and become inflamed. The pain signals given off can stimulate protective muscle spasm in the paraspinal muscles close to the spine.

What can cause facet joint pain?

  • Poor neck posture
  • Whiplash injury
  • Twisting injury
  • Degenerative disc disease

Main Symptoms of cervical facet joint pain

  • Neck stiffness and reduced range of movement
  • Neck pain increased on tilting the head backwards
  • Pain radiating to the head, shoulders, arms or upper back
  • Trouble with simple activities due to pain and stiffness in the neck (such as sleeping, brushing your teeth)
  • Muscle spasm and tension
  • Headaches

Treatment of cervical facet joint pain

Our professional, experienced team of Physiotherapists successfully treat people with facet joint pain on a daily basis. Treatment concentrates on restoring your movement, resolving your pain and increasing your ability to function. We realise that your joints need to move smoothly and muscles need to be relaxed in order to recover.

We use a combination of massage, manipulation, mobilisation, advice and exercise to achieve the best result for you. Quick, early treatment with this type of problem often brings the optimal results and allows fast return to your normal lifestyle.

David Roberts Physio are experts in the treatment of Facet Joint Pain at our clinics in Manchester, Oldham, Bolton and Stockport. If you suffer Facet Joint Pain then call your local surgery now and allow the experts to help to relieve your pain and get you on the road to recovery.

Contact your local David Roberts Physiotherapy clinic today to discuss the range of Cervical Facet Joint pain treatment options


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