Facets function as guides to align the vertebrae of the spine. Facet Syndrome can result from injury or degeneration of the disc(s). Facets are bony protrusions extending from the back of the vertebrae.
Facet Syndrome of the back occurs when the back of the spine which interconnects to one another (the facets) compresses and irritates the soft tissue in between. This can inflame the nerves exiting the spine and cause the same type of symptoms commonly seen with pinched nerve conditions. When a nerve is compressed, it may cause symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, and achy soreness along the nerve path.
The facet joints are the areas where the vertebrae actually join together. They are designed to impart strength, flexibility, and spinal integrity, as well as offer a range of defined movement for each vertebral level.