Facet Dislocation and Stabilizers

Published February 15, 2016

Here is a study where the authors performed a bilateral facet dislocation. What I found interesting was the supporting stabilizers included and injured around a damaged facet joint. This can help us when treating a patient who has a injured facet joint to understand other tissues that may be damaged as well. Her is what the authors say "This study indicates that the anulus fibrosus, nucleus pulposus, and ligamentum flavum are important cervical spine stabilizers. Facet capsules were often torn bilaterally, implying a more advanced injury than a unilateral facet injury. These discoligamentous injuries result in increases in range . . .

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