Uhrenholt, Lars4; Ullerup, Rita1; Vesterby, Annie4; Gregersen, Markil Ebbe Gregers2
1 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University3 Department of Forensic Medicine - Retspatologisk, Department of Forensic Medicine, Health, Aarhus University4 Department of Forensic Medicine - Retspatologisk, Department of Forensic Medicine, Health, Aarhus University
Detailed knowledge of the cervical spine facet joints morphology and anatomy is increasingly important since improved understanding of clinical syndromes, such as whiplash injuries, and therapeutic interventions is based on this knowledge. So far systematic examination of the age-related morphology of these joints has not yet been performed, nor has any generally accepted histological classification system for degenerative changes in the cervical spine facet joints been proposed. In the case of whiplash injuries the presented histological method has particular relevance since it allows detailed description of the anatomy and pathoanatomical status of the osteo-cartilagenous structures, including the facet joints from where a major portion of chronic whiplash patients experience their pain symptoms.
Journal of Whiplash and Related Disorders, 2006, Vol 5, Issue 1, p. 55-60