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Can you tell me what are facet joints?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Small spine joints

These are situated in the back part of the spine with 2 at each level of the spine allowing for load bearing and motion to certain degrees.
They are true joints just like in your arms and legs and can get the same problems. They have a joint membrane lining and joint fluid with cartilage lining.

In brief: Small spine joints

These are situated in the back part of the spine with 2 at each level of the spine allowing for load bearing and motion to certain degrees.
They are true joints just like in your arms and legs and can get the same problems. They have a joint membrane lining and joint fluid with cartilage lining.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Small joints

They are small joints (places where two bones touch; the touching surfaces have a smooth layer of cartilage, lubricated by joint fluid).
They occur throughout the spine (neck, mid back, low back), are paired right and left. They are behind the larger "bodies" of the spinal column and disks, and flank both sides of the channel for the spinal cord and nerves.

In brief: Small joints

They are small joints (places where two bones touch; the touching surfaces have a smooth layer of cartilage, lubricated by joint fluid).
They occur throughout the spine (neck, mid back, low back), are paired right and left. They are behind the larger "bodies" of the spinal column and disks, and flank both sides of the channel for the spinal cord and nerves.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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