Faucet syndrome is a condition in which the joints in the back of the spine degenerate and subsequently cause pain.
The faucet joints are found at every level on both sides of the lumbar spine. They provide about 20 percent of the twisting stability in the low back. Each faucet joint is positioned at each level of the spine to provide the needed support especially with rotation.
Faucet joints also prevent each vertebra from slipping over the one below. A small capsule surrounds each faucet joint providing a nourishing lubricant for the joint.