Facet joints are small joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae. There are two facet joints at each level of the vertebral column, providing stability to the spinal column while allowing movement. Facet joints are encased with facet joint capsules, which contain fluid that protects and lubricates the joints. The posterior paired facet joints act with the anterior disc space to create a three joint complex at every level of the spine. This complex of joints allows for flexion, extension, rotation, and lateral bending. Signs and symptoms of cervical facet syndrome include acute episodes of neck pain (that may radiate to the shoulders and upper back), and a loss of flexibility.
Treatment for cervical facet syndrome can include cervical medial branch radio frequency ablation.