Holdsworth FW, Chir M. Review Article
Fractures, dislocations, and fracture-dislocations of the spine. J Bone
Joint Surg Am 1970;52(8):1534-51.
Holdsworth Classification was the first
comprehensive classification system for spinal column injuries. The classifation system is based on
mechanism of injury, and divides the spine to two columns: anterior and posterior. The system did not discriminate between
cervical and thoracolumbar injuries.
Structure / Content
The categories of the system are:
Simple wedge fracture
Scientific Spine's Comment
Frank Holdsworth was
the first to identify the
importance of the posterior ligamentous complex in determining
stability. Holdsworth system had a great impact on later classification
systems on spine trauma. Later, the AO Classification System on Thoracolumbar Injury used Holdsworth's two-column approach.
FW, Chir M. Review Article Fractures, dislocations, and
fracture-dislocations of the spine. J Bone Joint Surg Am
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