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Facet joint arthropathy refers to a degenerative disease that affects the joints of the spine and the disintegration of cartilage on those joints. Understanding certain medical terms and a general anatomy of the spine is an important first step in pursuing a correct diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

First, you should be aware that facet joint arthropathy can go by other names, such as facet joint arthrosis or, most commonly, facet joint osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of many types of arthritis – there are actually more than 100 different types of arthritis in existence – but osteoarthritis is the most widespread. Generally speaking, osteoarthritis is the result of normal, age-related degeneration.

Facet joint arthropathy refers to a degenerative disease that affects the joints of the spine and the disintegration of cartilage on those joints. Understanding certain medical terms and a general anatomy of the spine is an important first step in pursuing a correct diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

First, you should be aware that facet joint arthropathy can go by other names, such as facet joint arthrosis or, most commonly, facet joint osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of many types of arthritis – there are actually more than 100 different types of arthritis in existence – but osteoarthritis is the most widespread. Generally speaking, osteoarthritis is the result of normal, age-related degeneration.

Facet joint arthropathy refers to a degenerative disease that affects the joints of the spine and the disintegration of cartilage on those joints. Understanding certain medical terms and a general anatomy of the spine is an important first step in pursuing a correct diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

First, you should be aware that facet joint arthropathy can go by other names, such as facet joint arthrosis or, most commonly, facet joint osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of many types of arthritis – there are actually more than 100 different types of arthritis in existence – but osteoarthritis is the most widespread. Generally speaking, osteoarthritis is the result of normal, age-related degeneration.

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