Cervical facet syndrome

Scenario

A patient presented to the chiropractor with a sore neck
after falling asleep on the lounge at home in Blakehurst, Sutherland shire NSW.

What is it?

Localised unilateral neck pain with altered range of motion

What are the symptoms?

  • Localised unilateral neck pain with segmental dysfunction (hyper/hypomobility)
  • Specific point / Segmental tenderness.
  • Non-dermatomal referral of pain to the upper limb ipsilaterally.
  • No neurological changes though non-dermatomal pins and needles (paraesthesias) may also be present.

What are the causes?

  • May occur subsequent to minor trauma or insidiously. 
  • May be associated with increased neck curvature (hyperlordosis).

Neck Pain