Facet joints are a set of small joints between every two adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Their function is to guide and limit the movement of each spinal segment. Cervical facet joints are those responsible for the cervical spine’s (at the neck and top of spine) ability to rotate, as well as bending forwards and backwards. They can often be disrupted by degeneration, dislocation, fracture injury, instability from trauma, osteoarthritis and surgery. Twisting injuries are also a frequent cause of damage to the facet joints. Pain caused by disruption to the cervical facet joints will be felt in the head, neck, shoulder or arm.
As a consultant in pain medicine at the Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust in London and Medical Director of the London Pain Clinic, Dr Chris Jenner works daily with patients who suffer from some of the most common, painful and yet misunderstood conditions to affect people around the world today.
Alongside a raft of professional qualifications and more than 15 years’ experience in the specialised field of pain medicine, Dr Jenner possesses a true passion for his subject, a fact which is not only evident through his commitment to using the very best cutting-edge treatments, but also through his desire to understand the impact of acute and chronic pain on the everyday lives of his patients.
Dr Jenner’s experience in treating conditions such as spinal pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis has led him to become one of the leading authorities in his field. Using a holistic approach and a variety of treatments which typically combine medication with minimally-invasive pain management procedures, he works with his patients to restore a pain-free existence, higher levels of physical function and a vastly improved quality of life.
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