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Facet Disease


Facet Disease

The facet joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae to one another. Facet disease occurs when there is degeneration of the facet joint.

Facet disease is caused by worn-down cartilage as a result of wear and tear, aging, injury, or misuse. This type of injury to the spine can be attributed to arthritis of the spine, work, overuse, or an accident. Another cause of facet disease is spondylolisthesis, which is when one vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra, usually in the lower spine.


Symptoms related to facet joint problems are usually localized to the area of the facet joint. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (lower back) areas.

When the facets are affected in the lumbar region, a person can experience lower back pain that can go to the buttocks and upper thigh area. If the cervical area is affected, then pain can occur in the back of the neck and radiate to the top of the shoulders, and then around the neck.

Other related issues that you may hear mentioned include cervical facet disease, degenerative facet disease, hypertrophic facet disease, lumbar facet disease, degenerative cervical, rheumatoid arthritis spine, cervical spine, and bone spur.


Facet Disease is a form of arthritis, caused from overall back joint wear and tear. Our highly sensitive pain-mapping techniques can pinpoint precisely which facet is causing the problem, allowing us to use a procedure to often enter through less than a 1 mm incision and treat the pain with only a laser. And because we do not use expandable retractors, like many others who claim to do minimally invasive surgery, we avoid cutting muscle altogether, so you can get back to life as quickly as possible.

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