Cervical facet syndrome symptoms can include neck pain alone or neck pain simultaneous with shoulder blade pain.
Facet joint syndrome doesn’t only happen in the neck, it can happen anywhere in the spine but most commonly seen in the lower cervical spine and lower lumbar spine. Facet joint syndrome is a degenerative condition of the spine that can be a significant source of back and neck pain.
This condition can take years of instability and weakness to eventuate.
What causes these instabilities and weaknesses?
Lack of joint motion is due to:
- Abnormal spinal structure (abnormalities in the spinal curves)
- Repetitive postural stress
- Motor vehicle accidents that cause whiplash or other significant injuries
- Other direct impact or trauma to the neck