Posterior ligamentous complex

The posterior ligamentous complex acts to stabilise the vertebral column and is made up of the following structures:

In particular, it acts to hold the facet joints of the neighbouring vertebrae in fixed relation with each other.

Related pathology

Injury of the posterior ligamentous complex can result in subluxation or dislocation of the facet:

Lesions involving the posterior ligamentous complex have a tendency not to heal and can chronically promote progressive kyphosis and collapse.

Anatomy: Spine
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rID: 10129
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
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