Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joints are in the posterior aspect of the spine and provide for approximately 20% of the spinal stability. These joints are lined by a membrane that produces fluid (synovial fluid) that lubricates the bones, and under normal conditions allows for restricted, but the pain-free motion of the spine. These joints can become thickened from excessive stress due to obesity or strenuous activities but remain asymptomatic, however can become symptomatic due to trauma.