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What are facet joints?

Juan P. Villablanca, MD
Neuroradiology
Facet joints are important joints that stabilize your back. The facet joints occur at each vertebra, providing flexibility and strength. Unfortunately, much like any joint in the body, facet joints can undergo degeneration and can get arthritis or inflammation. This can be quite painful.

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