Inadequate follow up
Any spine fracture has the potential to behave unpredictably. Unanticipated changes in alignment are most easily corrected early on.
It is therefore essential to re-evaluate both operatively and nonoperatively treated fractures radiographically and clinically at regular intervals. Initial follow up a minimum of three weeks and six weeks postoperatively is recommended.
These images show a well aligned C6-C7 unilateral facet fracture.