Cervical facet joint pain is sometimes referred to as cervical spondylosis. It is caused by arthritis or dislocation of cervical facet joints. Usually this pain is more on neck extension and rotation. Neck and upper back pain can be persisting. Whiplash injuries can also affect cervical facet joints.
Usually treatment includes physical therapy (cervical stretching and strengthening exercises), pain medication, posture corrections and muscle relaxants. Some patients will require cervical facet joint injection or facet joint RF ablations. Cervical facet injections are safe, day care procedures intented to reduce neck pain.