What Is Spinal Arthritis?

Q:
What is spinal arthritis?

A:
Spinal arthritis occurs when the cartilage, joints and discs in your neck and lower back break down. It can affect any part of your spinal column and typically occurs in the facet joints, or vertebral joints.

Your facet joints are located in the rear part of your spine. They connect your vertebrae together and make it possible for you to do things like bend, twist and stretch.

These joints are particularly prone to arthritis because of the pressure they’re under every day. When the cartilage breaks down in your facet joints (vertebral joints), daily activities can become more difficult.

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