Facet arthropathy or facet arthritis is a disease of the facet joints in the spine. One of the most common causes of this condition is osteoarthritis, though there are other contributing factors. Symptoms of facet arthropathy can be exacerbated by other issues, such as spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease. While pain is the most common symptom, additional issues may develop depending on where along the spine the problem lies. The location can make a big difference in how the person experiences the pain.


1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones begins to wear down. The most prevalent form of arthritis, osteoarthritis affects millions of people all over the world. The hips, knees, hands, and spine are the most commonly affected joints. When osteoarthritis occurs in the spine, it leads to facet arthropathy. This damage can usually be managed effectively but cannot be reversed.

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