Facet joint capsule

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 16 May 2016

Facet joint capsules are the fibrous capsule that surround the vertebral facet or zygapophyseal joints. They are particularly thin and loose, attached to the margins of articular facets on adjoining articular processes. The capsules merge medially with the ligamentum flavum

In the cervical region, capsules are longer and looser than the remaining spine, allowing for more range of movement. 

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