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Can you tell me the function of the facet joints?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Spine Joints

Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate and limits extension and rotation of that spinal segment.
You have facet joints at every level of your spine from your neck to your low back. 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 and limits extension and rotation of that spinal segment.
You have facet joints at every level of your spine from your neck to your low back. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Richard Perlman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Protection

The facet joints limit shear and rotation in the spine.

In brief: Protection

The facet joints limit shear and rotation in the spine.
Dr. Richard Perlman
Dr. Richard Perlman
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