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Facet joint disease is an inflammation or weakening of the spinal joints that are responsible for connecting one spinal vertebrae to another. These joints are lined with cartilage that lubricates the spine and allows it to remain flexible.

Facet joint disease can be a result of arthritis, repetitive strain or trauma. Although facet joint disease can occur at any level of the spine, it’s most common in the lumbar (mid- to lower) region of the spine.

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Symptoms

You may feel strong but intermittent pain in your neck or back with facet joint disease, depending on the location of the inflammation. You may feel other symptoms too, including:

  • Pain in the low back or neck
  • Pain that radiates into the extremities (radiculopathy)
  • Cracking or popping sounds when rotating the neck or lower back

Facet joint disease presents symptoms that may feel similar to a herniated disc, torn muscle or fracture. If you’re experiencing symptoms of facet joint disease, it’s important to consult a back and neck specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and explore your treatment options.

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The information provided here is not intended for you to self-diagnose. It is our way of letting you know that we understand how to help you. The first step to your relief is to schedule a consultation so we can determine what your underlying condition is and help you to understand your options.

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