Facet dislocation

Last revised by Joshua Yap on 28 Sep 2022

Facet dislocation refers to the anterior displacement of one vertebral body on another. Without a fracture, the only way anterior displacement can occur is by dislocation of the facets. 

Facet dislocation can occur to varying degrees:

The injury usually results from forced flexion of the cervical spine. However, where there is a degree of rotation, the facet dislocation may only occur to one facet joint:

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