The facet or Zygapophysial joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae to one another. The facet joint is like any other joint in your body – they have cartilage that lines the joint, (this allows the bone to glide smoothly over one another) and a capsule surrounding the joint. The function of the facet joint is to provide support, stability, and mobility to the vertebrae (spine). Facet Disease occurs when there is degeneration of the facet joint.
There are two facet joints between each vertebra. They are located on each side of the vertebrae. Facet disease can occur at any level of the spine.
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