Facet Arthropathy: Definition

Facet joints are a pair of small joints at each level along the spine that are designed to provide support and flexibility. Facet arthropathy, or degeneration, refers to the general wear and tear of this joint, which is usually age related.

Also known as: facet arthrosis, facet degeneration


Incidence byAge
Facet Degeneration4%9%18%32%50%69%83%
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464797/