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Articular Capsule of Zygapophyseal Joint (Thoracic Part; Left)
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Articular Capsule of Zygapophyseal Joint (Thoracic Part; Left)

Capsula articularis articulationis zygapophysialis

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Anatomical Relations

The capsules of the zygapophyseal joints surround the articular facets of the superior and inferior articular processes of adjacent vertebrae.


The joint capsule aids in stabilization of the joint. It permits a range of movement while preventing dislocation of the articulating vertebrae. They also provide lubrication and nourishment of the joint.

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Zygapophyseal Joint

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The zygapophyseal joints are true synovial joints that allow for motion of the vertebral spine while limiting excessive motion.

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