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Facet Joint Pain
In the spine, the joints connecting each of your vertebrae are known as facet joints. Other names for facet joints include zygapophyseal or apophyseal joints. Like any other joint in your body, each facet joint's job is to promote healthy movement and, along with the intervertebral disc, provide stability for each motion segment. The disc functions as a spacer and to support motion between the vertebral bodies. This forms a tripod relationship between the intervertebral disc and the facet joints. Degeneration or damage to one affects the other.
Symptoms of Facet Joint Syndrome
Inflammation of the facet joints can cause back pain, neck pain, headaches, pain between shoulder blades. Facet joint syndrome also limits range of motion.
Causes of Facet Joint Syndrome
The effects of aging and/or traumatic injury can damage and cause inflammation of the facet joints.
Learn more about facet joint syndrome by watching an educational video.