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The plane of the facet joints in the cervical spine.
- The plane of the facet joints in the cervical spine is in an oblique plane that is approximately halfway between the frontal and transverse planes.
- This plane is often described as being similar to a roof tile.
- The importance of the plane of the facet joints is that it determines what motion is best afforded at that joint segmental level of the spine.
Note: The facet plane shown is for a “typical” cervical spinal joint level.