FACET JOINT INJURIES
These injuries are most often caused by trauma. For example, among whiplash patients, the cervical facet joints have been implicated as a major source of chronic neck pain, often involving the upper cervical facet joints, most often the C2-3 level. Pain from an injured facet joint is often “referred” to an adjacent area, for example the back of the head or upper back area, depending on which facet joint has been injured.
The lumbar facet joints can cause similar pain patterns, with pain extending into the buttocks or thighs, again depending on the spinal level of facet joint injury.
WHAT IS A FACET JOINT BLOCK?