Unilateral facet injuries are relatively common in the sub-axial cervical spine. Facet fractures, capsular disruptions, and posterior ligament tears can all contribute to this type of injury resulting in a range of instability spanning undisplaced fractures to complete unilateral dislocations . For a particular injury pattern, considerable variability exists in the choice of treatment, and the modality selected is frequently based on surgeon preference . This is due, in part, to a lack of biomechanical studies focused on increasing the understanding of changes in spinal stability that occur following cervical spine injury.
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Sub-Axial Cervical Spine Instability Following Unilateral Facet Injury: A Biomechanical Analysis
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McLachlin, SD, Rasoulinejad, P, Gurr, KR, Bailey, SI, Bailey, CS, & Dunning, CE. "Sub-Axial Cervical Spine Instability Following Unilateral Facet Injury: A Biomechanical Analysis." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Naples, Florida, USA. June 16–19, 2010. pp. 489-490. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2010-19377
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