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What causes facet joint arthropathy?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Age and/or injury

Usually with age, facet joint degenerative changes occur as the discs become degenerative and narrow in height it alters the mechanics of the facet joints at the same levels.
Injury to the joints and obesity which can overload the joints can lead to facet joint arthropathy or degeneration. Exercise may be protective.

In brief: Age and/or injury

Usually with age, facet joint degenerative changes occur as the discs become degenerative and narrow in height it alters the mechanics of the facet joints at the same levels.
Injury to the joints and obesity which can overload the joints can lead to facet joint arthropathy or degeneration. Exercise may be protective.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Clive Segil
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: See below

Usually as the result of an aging spine the tiny facet joints are the same as all the other small joints in the body which over time begin to ache.

In brief: See below

Usually as the result of an aging spine the tiny facet joints are the same as all the other small joints in the body which over time begin to ache.
Dr. Clive Segil
Dr. Clive Segil
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