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Cervical Facet Joint Sprain

Cervical Facet Joint Sprain is also commonly referred to as neck facet joint syndrome, neck facet joint disease, neck facet joint sprain, but mostly it is a pain caused by a facet joint injury in the neck.

Each section of your spine has facet joints. The function of each pair of facet joints is to guide and limit the movement of that spinal motion segment. Facet joint pain is one of the most common causes of neck pain, back pain and thoracic spine pain.

What is Cervical Facet Joint Sprain?

Cervical Facet Joint Sprain is the most common cause of mechanical neck pain. Cervical Facet Joint Sprain is characterized by moderate to severe damage to the connective tissues components of the cervical vertebral joints. The disease or tearing process usually involves ligaments, tendons and cartilage of the facet joints.

Cervical Facet Joint Sprain

Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Facet Joint Sprain

Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Facet Joint Sprain include:

  • Neck pain
  • Upper arm and/or shoulder pain
  • Difficulty arching forward or back, depending where locked joint is
  • Muscle spasms
  • Decreased movement
  • Pain or difficulty stretching
  • Can lead to other conditions, such as sciatica or arm pain

Causes of Cervical Facet Joint Sprain

Cervical Facet Joint Sprain can result from a variety of causes ranging from prolonged postures, whiplash-type injuries, or even poor sleeping posture. Simple movements such as a mild twist, awkward movement, or just doing something your body didn’t expect (such as tripping) can lock a facet joint. In most cases, this is due to your facet joints motion exceeding your muscle control.

If you have previously suffered injury or have local muscle weakness supporting your facet joints, it is even easier to lock a facet joint repeatedly.

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