Facet joint arthrosis

Facet joint arthrosis is an intervertebral disc disorder. The facet joints or zygapophyseal joints are synovial cartilage covered joints that limit the movement of the spine and preserve segmental stability. In the event of hypertrophy of the vertebrae painful arthrosis can occur.[1] The "lumbar facet arthrosis syndrome" was described in a 1987 article by S. M. Eisenstein and C. R. Parry of Witwatersrand University.[2]

Facet joint arthrosis


Computerized tomography is the ideal for typifying facet joint arthrosis; evidence suggests that magnetic resonance imaging is not as sensitive in identifying bony changes.[3]


See also


  1. Genacol website - Arthrosis Archived 2015-11-26 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 25 November 2015
  2. Eisenstein S M, Parry C R. The lumbar facet arthrosis syndrome-clinical presentation and articular surface changes. J Bone Joint Surg Br 1987; 69: 3-7.
  3. iSpine: Evidence-Based Interventional Spine Care. Michael J. DePalma, MD(editor). Demos Medical Publishing. 2011. ISBN 9781935281931.CS1 maint: others (link)

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