Inflammation of the entheses, the points where ligaments and tendons connect to bones, is where the disease process of ankylosing spondylitis begins.
Cervical facet osteoarthritis can be called many things: cervical spondylosis, degenerative joint disease, or simply neck arthritis. But no matter the name, it starts with degeneration.
Facet joints are pairs of small joints in between the vertebrae in the back of the spine.
The facet joints in the spine are prone to wear-and-tear (arthritis) damage, which may lead to inflammation and pain.
Lumbar facet joint arthropathy - or arthritis of the facet joints in the lower back - is the second most common cause of chronic lower back pain.
Learn how osteoarthritis occurs and how it can cause lower back pain and other symptoms.
Learn how bone spurs occur and how they may can cause lower back pain and other symptoms.
Learn how common osteoarthritis truly is and how medications can be used to treat osteoarthritis and when further measures may be needed.