A levering technique for open reduction of traumatic unilateral locked facets of cervical spine: technical note
Structural and chiropractic
Asian Spine J.2011 Sep;5(3):176-9.
K Bunyaratavej, S Khaoroptham
Reduction of traumatic unilateral locked facets of the cervical spine can be accomplished by closed or open means. If closed reduction is unsuccessful, then open reduction is indicated. The previously described techniques of open reduction of a unilateral locked facets of the cervical spine in the literature included drilling facet, forceful manipulation or using special equipment. We describe a reduction technique that uses a basic spinal curette, in a forceless manner, and it does not need facet drilling. We have successfully used this technique in 5 consecutive patients with unilateral locked facets. There have been no complications related to this technique.