Facet syndrome – What is it exactly?
Facet syndrome occurs at the joints located between each vertebra. In principle, it is a sign of wear and tear, also known as vertebral joint arthrosis. If the facet syndrome occurs in the lumbar spine, it is a lumbar facet syndrome. But, what actually is a facet joint?
Facet joints are the small vertebral joints that perform an important function as a link in the cervical and lumbar spine. The connection is made at the articular processes of two vertebral bodies. In facet syndrome, due to wear and tear of the intervertebral discs with a reduction in height, there is a reduction in the distance between the individual joint bodies. The result can be increased wear of the joints with arthrosis or, for example, increased production of synovial fluid, which can lead to cysts on the facet joints.