Facet Arthrosis

Facet Arthrosis

In this article we will unpack the definition of Facet Arthrosis, and discover what (if any) benefits for this common disability you may be entitled to. There are so many common disabilities that have the capacity to change the quality of life you experience, as well as alter (however big or small) your daily routine as you know it. 

By definition, Facet Arthrosis is a disorder that is specifically found in the degeneration of one or more of your facet joints, surfacing in your spine when arthritis causes severe damage through the degeneration of those spinal joints. Facet Arthrosis is also known as:

  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Facet Anthropathy
  • Facet Syndrome

To break this definition down more simply, lets look at two different terms below:

  • Arthrosis: originating from the Greek root "anthrose" meaning joint, arthrosis refers to a disease within your bone joints
  • Facet Joint: a small stablizing joint located behind and between adjacent vertebrae within your spine. 

Each human body contains a spine, which is made up of vertebrae (much like building blocks made of bone to stablize the body for posture, movement, and function), having intervertebral discs that act like cushions between each of your vertebrae while linking them together with facet joints. There are two facet joints that link every one of your tewnty-four vertebrae individually along your spinal column, giving you a total of forty-eight facet joints along and within your spinal column. There is no known cause at this time for Facet Arthrosis, however, consistant heavy lifting, along with wear and tear from back injuries, is what commonly brings about this common disability, not to mention with aging. Some of the more specific causes could be:

  • torn ligaments 
  • wear and tear that leads to cartilage loss between your joints causing friction when rubbing together
  • previous back injury
  • disc problems
  • fractures or breaks you have sustained

When the strength and health of these facet joints becomes compromised, this is when you will begin to experience symptoms of Facet Arthrosis, predominatly marked by severe back pain. This pain is known to get consistantly worse following:

  • resting
  • sleeping
  • twisting
  • turning
  • bending backwards
  • weakness and pain in legs and buttocks
  • headaches
  • bone spurs
  • reduced range in spinal movement


It is very likely that should you, or a loved one, be suffering from these symptoms and even have other indications of limitations, that you potentially have the common disability of Facet Arthrosis. While suffering from a common disability may be categorized as such, a common disability, your specific case and struggles will be completely unique to you. This may also directly impact your ability to work and successfully have a normal daily routine. From the onset of your concern of being impacted by Facet Arthrosis, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced and professional lawyer who is well versed in common disabilities, as well as being able to clearly help define your specific case and situation. Generally speaking, the United States Social Security Administration is not known for its sympathy towards those suffering with common disabilities. Ensuring you have a detailed and outlined medical file will be your primary key to ensuring the best possible outcome for receiving benefits. You will need to have medical validation that your ability to work is severely hindered, and you will also need to qualify for Social Security based upon the number of quarters you have effectively worked. It is always best to have confidence in your process, and the unknowns to be seen and understood before they become obstacles. By retaining the services of your attorney, this process is sure to become both maneagable and successful.

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