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Facet Joint injury

sanninshowreelssanninshowreel Posts: 4
edited 03/08/2015 - 4:03 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Dear all,

Last year I posted about my neck injury in China. I had an MRI and they told me I needed a fusion on my C3 C4 and had me worried I would die, never play football again and so on. Chinese hospitals aren't exactly known for their honesty, as they are profit driven and doctors are on low salaries and when they see a foreigner walk in, their eyes light up in gold. I returned to UK, where even though the NHS system is slow, I could at least trust them.

I saw a well known specialist in London who told me I have no nerve damage and would not need surgery. He referred me to another specialist who performed some tests and concluded the same, no surgery, just physio. They told me me neck facet joint was injured, and had hypermobility* of the joint. I didn't know what that meant, they explained it as being too flexible so I need to work on muscles and everything could be probably be cured with simply physio.

As I said earlier, NHS is so slow in the UK, it took 4 months just to see someone, then another 2 months for physio. I couldn't afford private and also couldn't afford to be in the UK for much longer and returned to China. My neck still aches, as it has done for 2 years and I want to sort it. I will go to Hong Kong as doctors there are much better than in China and can be trusted. But I must save my money first.

Can anyone direct me to a site where I can get physiotherapy exercises for my facet joint? I think it's best I at least do something while waiting to see the specialist. the pain is on the left side, at the bottom om my neck where it meets my traps. It's localised just there and have no pain anywhere else.

Thanks in advance.



  • There is a book called "Treat your own neck" by Robin McKenzie. He is well known physiotherapist. They call his exercises the McKenzie Protocol. My physical therapist had me doing modifications on these exercises, as I cannot extend my neck very far due to herniated discs. But these exercises are supposed to strengthen and help with instability. You can order the book on Amazon, not sure if they ship to China but I know Amazon has a UK version of their site. Hope this helps.
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