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Facet Joint Pain

The facet joints are located in pairs at the back of each vertebra in the spine. The bone surfaces of the facet joints are covered with a tissue called articular cartilage, which allows the bones in the back to move without friction.

Pain and stiffness in the facet joints is most commonly due to a condition known as facet joint syndrome, which affects the lower back, neck, buttocks and thigh, and can also cause headaches and shoulder pain.


Common causes of causes of facet joint pain include trauma, poor posture, infection and inflammation and disc degeneration due to ageing.

Recommended treatment

 Treatment can include one or more of the following:

  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Physiotherapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ice and heat treatment
  • Changes in lifestyle / posture

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