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Can you tell me what is a cervical facet joint?

Can you tell me what is a cervical facet joint?

Neck joints: Most people think of their spine as the vertebrae and discs, but those are the structures in the front. The spinal cord sits in the middle, and is protected by additional bony structures in the back. Where the back bones meet the front bones, there are joints on either side of the midline called facet joints. These joints are tiny, typically capable of holding less than less than 1cc of fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Pain Management: How long can the positive effects of a cervical facet joint nerve block diagnostic test last before retreatment (been 1 month now)?

Pain Management: How long can the positive effects of a cervical facet joint nerve block diagnostic test last before retreatment (been 1 month now)?

Facet block: Most patients report a benefit lasting 1-3 months although some patients report longer benefit. Benefits in the cervical paraspinals are limited compared to lumbar intra-articular facet blocks. ...Read more

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Pain Management: Had a cervical facet joint nerve block that worked! Dr. now offers me a facet joint denervation that lasts longer. Should I do it?

Discuss pros & cons: Radiofrequency denervation can have longer lasting effects than nerve block injections. Adverse effects are uncommon and include the possibility of an increase in pain or permanent neurological problems (numbness, weakness). Discuss the risks, benefits, and your concerns with a pain management specialist. http://asipp.org/documents/Cohenetal2FactorsPredictingSuccessandFaiure.pdf ...Read more

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Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?

Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?

Depends: On what the reason for either injection is. Typically Epidural injections help with disk herniations, nerve impingement and spinal stenosis of the spine. Facet treatments basically address/help with the facet joint only as the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Tcan you have cervical facet joint syndrome and occipital neuralgia

Tcan you have cervical facet joint syndrome and occipital  neuralgia

Yes: and Yes. Sometimes the facet joint nerves can connect with the occipital nerve causing both. Sometimes they are separate issues altogether. ...Read more

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Could artificial facet joint replacement technology be used for the cervical spine?

Could artificial facet joint replacement technology be used for the cervical spine?

Good idea.: This may be possible in the future. I do not know of any technology such as this that we have access to currently. Artificial discs are being used in the spine, but so far, no replacement for the actual facet joints. ...Read more

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Pain Management: Doctor wants to do a denervation at my facet joint area in my cervical neck. Completely severing this nerve will take away pain?

Pain Management: Doctor wants to do a denervation at my facet joint area in my cervical neck. Completely severing this nerve will take away pain?

Hopefully: If this is what is causing your pain it should. Make sure you review all the benefits and complications. All the best and I hope this works for you. ...Read more

Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more