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Facet Joints (Overview)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain.


Facet Joints (Overview)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain.


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Where are facet joints in the body?

Where are facet joints in the body?

Part of the spine: They are small joints found at almost every level of the spine located at each disc level, one on the right and one on the left in the back part or posterior part of the spine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are facet joints?

Can you tell me what are facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

Stability & support: They help support the body, bearing about 20-25% of the load of standing and walking upright. They also guide and limit movement of the spine, preventing excessive movements and giving some protection to the disks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: facet joints?

What is the definition or description of: facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?

Possilbe pain relief for facet joints?

Options: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. As with anything there are failures, but quite low if the block worked well. Risks are the same as with any spine procedure, no different. Rare that you would be worse off afterwards. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Can you tell me what are cervical facet joints?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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What is advanced hypertrophic change of the facet joints?

What is advanced hypertrophic change of the facet joints?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause the clicking with pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radio frequency ablation would be helpful for you. ...Read more

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Why will my strained facet joints not heal? It's been 4 months

Why will my strained facet joints not heal? It's been 4 months

Possibly: Yes PRP is an offered treatment that has shown good success however is considered experimental at this time. The basic theory is it helps to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint using your own platelets/growth factors and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. As far as I know its safer than steroid injection. Pretty cool stuff. Check out regenexx.com ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Facet (Definition)

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise ...Read more