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Spondylarthrosis

In much the same way that the knee joint frequently develops arthrosis due to wear and tear, the same can happen in the spine's lumbar area. With a spondylarthrosis, the small joints between the vertebrae in the lumbar and cervical spine are affected by these signs of wear and tear. These connecting joints are also known as facet joints since their smooth, almost elegant form is reminiscent of a polished precious stone. Primarily, wear and tear leads to increased friction and abrasion, just like in a ball-bearing, resulting in inflammatory articular disease, similar to what is known in the knees and hips.

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