Facet joint articles

The spine is a complex and vital part of the body. In addition to protecting the spinal cord so it can send sensory and motor information between the brain and the rest of the body, the spine also serves a critical structural role. The vertebral column helps to hold the body upright, supporting the torso and the head.

The facet joints link the vertebrae and work with the spinal discs to enable the spine to bend, twist and flex. However, these joints are vulnerable to age-related deterioration and can cause debilitating symptoms. The neck and back can become stiff and every movement can ache. Nearby nerves in the spinal column become compressed, causing symptoms to travel out to the extremities.

If you are suffering from any painful symptoms related to an issue with the facet joints, educating yourself can be an important part of the treatment process. The following articles offer valuable information that can help you and your physician develop a treatment plan:

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