Facet Joint Disorders

Facet Joint Disease is an inflammation or weakening of the spinal joints that are responsible for connecting one spinal vertebrae to another. These joints are lined with cartilage that is responsible for lubricating the spine and allowing the spine to remain flexible.

 

Facet Joint Disease can be a result of arthritis, repetitive strain or trauma. Although Facet Joint Disease can occur at any level of the spine, it is most common in the lumbar spine.

 

Those suffering with Facet Joint Disease can experience signs and symptoms including:

 

● Pain in the low back or neck

● Pain that radiates into the extremities (radiculopathy)

● Cracking or popping sounds when rotating the neck or lower back