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What role do facet joints play?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Importent function

The facet joints allow the vertebrae to move against each other, providing stability and flexibility.
These joints allow us to twist and to bend forward and backward, and from side to side. Each vertebra has two sets of facet joints. One pair faces upward to connect with the vertebra above and the other pair faces downward to join with the vertebra below.

In brief: Importent function

The facet joints allow the vertebrae to move against each other, providing stability and flexibility.
These joints allow us to twist and to bend forward and backward, and from side to side. Each vertebra has two sets of facet joints. One pair faces upward to connect with the vertebra above and the other pair faces downward to join with the vertebra below.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Typically

they limit rotation and/or extension in the spine.

In brief: Typically

they limit rotation and/or extension in the spine.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bear load & motion

They help to bear load through the spine and allow certain ranges of motion while also restricting some motion ranges.

In brief: Bear load & motion

They help to bear load through the spine and allow certain ranges of motion while also restricting some motion ranges.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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