The intervertebral joints II: The facet joints

Jeanette Mitchell
2019 South African Journal of Physiotherapy  
The anatomy of the facet joints, also known as the zygapophyseal, apophyseal or lateral intervertebral joints, is described in detail. Particular reference is made to the changing orientation of the articular facets in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar parts of the spine, allowing different ranges of movement in these regions. Possible causes for back pain are explained as a function of the biomechanics of the vertebral column.
doi:10.4102/sajp.v50i1.680 fatcat:tadpxqjcr5gdratj4wcszob65q