Hyperflexion Sprain of the Cervical Spine

  • R. Braakman
  • M. Braakman
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The hyperflexion sprain of the cervical spine has already been described by Malgaigne (1885), Archer (1945) and Watson-Jones (1955) as incomplete, self-reducing and momentary dislocation of the spine respectively. Watson- Jones introduced the designation of anterior subluxation for those cases of dislocation in which the articular processes are not interlocked. Hyperflexion sprain is characterized by partial dislocation of the intervertebral joints with rupture of the posterior ligaments and joint capsules in one or two motion segments.


Cervical Spine Primary Surgical Treatment Posterior Ligament Anterior Subluxation Intervertebral Joint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Braakman
    • 1
  • M. Braakman
    • 1
  1. 1.RotterdamThe Netherlands

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