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Facet Joint Syndrome

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Facet joints are the small joints located between each vertebra. Nerve roots pass through these joints from the spinal cord to the arms, legs and other parts of the body. These joints are in constant motion and provide both stability and flexibility. These joints are lined with cartilage allowing them to glide easily over each other.

They allow the spine to bend and twist without slipping too far forward or twisting without limits. As we age, the cartilage gradually wears away and in some cases, ‘bone spurs’ develop. Friction between the bones leads to tenderness, swelling, stiffness and pain of arthritis.

Generally, facet syndrome is the result of the natural aging process, however it can also develop from an injury or overuse in youth.

Other risk factors for facet joint syndrome:

  • Excessive weight
  • Overuse due to sports or heavy labor
  • Family history of facet syndrome
  • Presence of diseases: gout, arthritis or infections
  • Damage from injuries, including whiplash
  • Trauma to the spine

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