Cervical Facet Syndrome
The cervical spine (neck) begins at the base of the skull and is made up of seven vertebrae (spinal bones) labelled C1-7 which connect to the thoracic spine (upper back). Cervical facet syndrome is the term used to describe degenerative arthritis of the facet joints (the small joints located between each vertebra) within the neck. It is characterised by joint irritation, inflammation, pain and stiffness and may be associated with pain that is worse in the morning, pain that radiates into the shoulders, headaches and migraines or altered spinal curvature in more severe cases. Cervical facet syndrome is typically associated with aging as a result of years of wear and tear, however these changes may occur as a result of injury, repetitive trauma or overuse.