Cervical facet syndrome treatment

Cervical facet syndrome treatment can come in a variety of forms, but it is likely your physician will recommend that you begin with a regimen of conservative, non-invasive therapies. Because facet syndrome involves deteriorated joints and possibly neural compression and bone-on-bone friction, treatments are aimed at managing pain while minimizing any extra pressure on the joints.

Conservative treatments

After a physical examination, a review of your symptoms and diagnostic imaging, your physician will discuss how your discomfort can best be managed. Options may include:

  • Pain medication – Prescription and over-the-counter analgesics like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids and muscle relaxants may provide temporary relief.
  • Hot/cold compresses – Heat therapy can increase circulation, which promotes the healing process, while cold therapy helps to reduce inflammation.
  • Low-impact exercises – Activities that do not put added stress on the neck can be beneficial in building muscle strength and releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
  • Behavior modification – Actions or postures that exacerbate the pain in your neck can be modified. Patients may also find braces and cervical support pillows to be beneficial.

The option of cervical facet syndrome surgery

For the majority of patients who have cervical facet syndrome, surgery will most likely not be necessary. However, for the small percentage of patients who are unable to find relief after weeks or months of conservative treatments, surgery may become an option. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a variety of minimally invasive treatments for facet syndrome. For more information, or for your MRI or CT scan review, contact Laser Spine Institute.