Micro-CT Based, Structural Analysis of the Facet Joint, Comparing L4/5 to C6/7

U. Wolfram, Daniel Zanker, Hans-Joachim Wilke

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Abstract

It is known that the facet joints carry approximately 20% of the spinal loads in upright position. Therefore, they play an important role in the biomechanics of the vertebral column. Facet
degeneration is present in up to 80% of older adults. Facet joint arthrosis can be a severe source for back pain. Knowledge of the morphology and its changes is a prerequisite for the development of new facet joint implants that address degenerative changes with age. Therefore, the goal of this study was to investigate the anatomy of cervical and lumbar facet joints using micro-computer tomography (µCT).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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