Facet joint disorders are some of the most common neck complaints; however, facet joint problems rarely involve the spinal nerves. When a facet joint is inflamed and causing pain the symptoms can closely mimic those of a herniated disc or even a fracture. The symptoms of facet joint dysfunction and arthritis can be somewhat intermittent making it difficult to diagnose.
Local pain or referred pain into the shoulder/shoulder blade and upper back
Limited cervical range of motion
Occasionally numbness into fingers
Our physical therapists can help to decrease your pain and inflammation and teach you how to avoid putting your facet joints in vulnerable positions. A supportive neck pillow can help your neck stay in spinal neutral while sleeping and avoid unnecessary strain on your joints. Our physical therapists can also teach you proper body mechanics to help reduce the stress on the facet joints while lifting and maneuvering throughout your daily activities.