Facet dislocation

Facet dislocation refers to 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:

See also

Spinal trauma

Article information

rID: 9092
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Facet dislocations
  • Facet joint dislocation
  • Facet joint dislocations

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Cases and figures

  • Case 2: bilateral locked facets
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