Pain facet arthritis solvent damage

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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The anatomy of the spine consists of vertebral building blocks that are stacked, one upon each other.

Each building block consists of the same elements:

• Vertebral body-the bony building blocks of the spine
• Facet joint-small stabilizing joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae
• Intervertebral disc-discs which provide a cushion between each of the vertebral bodies and binds them together

To prevent excessive motion, the segments of the spine are stabilized by a number of structures that also preserve the flexibility. The facet joints are found at every spinal level and provide about 20% of the twisting stability in the neck and low back. The vertebrae of the thoracic area are normally far less mobile and permit a small amount of forward/backward and some side bending, and very little twisting.

Each facet joint is positioned to limit excessive motion, especially to rotation and to prevent forward slipping (spondylolisthesis) of the vertebra over the one below.

The facet joints slide on each other and both sliding surfaces are coated by very low friction cartilage. A small sack or capsule surrounds each facet joint and provides synovial fluid lubricant for the joint. Each sack has a rich supply of tiny nerve fibers as well.

The intervertebral discs function as cushions between each set of vertebrae. Discs can bend and rotate a bit but do not slide.

When facet joints become worn or torn the cartilage may become thin and there may be growth of bone spurs and an enlargement of the joints. This condition is referred to as “facet joint disease” or “facet joint syndrome” or osteoarthritis.

A protective reflex occurs when the facets are inflamed. This causes the nearby muscles that run parallel to the spine to go into spasm.

The role of solvents and solvent damage in human beings is not mentioned in the literature. The keywords “pain arthritis facet solvent damage” are often searched for and may be a veterinary problem.

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