Osteoarthritis of the spine: the facet joints

@article{Gellhorn2013OsteoarthritisOT,
  title={Osteoarthritis of the spine: the facet joints},
  author={Alfred C Gellhorn and Jeffrey N. Katz and Pradeep Suri},
  journal={Nature Reviews Rheumatology},
  year={2013},
  volume={9},
  pages={216-224}
}
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the spine involves the facet joints, which are located in the posterior aspect of the vertebral column and, in humans, are the only true synovial joints between adjacent spinal levels. Facet joint osteoarthritis (FJ OA) is widely prevalent in older adults, and is thought to be a common cause of back and neck pain. The prevalence of facet-mediated pain in clinical populations increases with increasing age, suggesting that FJ OA might have a particularly important role in… CONTINUE READING
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