Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

By Blandine Calais-Germain

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It is connected to the body by two pedicles. Two lamina unite posteriorly to form a spinous process. The thickened junctions between the pedicles and laminae have superior and inferior cartilaginous articular facets The vertebral body and a laterally-projecting is roughly cylindrical transverse process. and consists of six surfaces. The vertebral holes stacked on top of each other form a bony pipe. This is the spinal canal, through which the spinal cord passes. The opening between the body The spaces between and the arch is called the pedicles of adjacent the vertebral foramen.

In three dimensions. Type and extent of mobility varies In extension, the opposite occurs. with different spinal regions, B tilts toward the back. depending on size and shape of The disc is compressed posteriorly vertebrae, and other factors. and its assuming that the top vertebra (B) nucleus is mobile, while the bottom vertebra moves (A) is fixed. forward. and the The anterior posterior longitudinal ligaments ligament is are relaxed. stretched. MOVEMENTS OF THE VERTEBRAE 4 1 What happens in lateral flexion?

49 50 THE TRUNK Sacrum The sacrum is the posterior, wedge-shaped component of the pelvic ring, located between the two ilia. It is composed of five expanded, fused vertebrae (S1-S5) whose individual components are readily visible. The sacral promontory is the upper, anterior edge of S1. Together with the iliopectineal lines, it defines the boundary between the greater and lesser pelvis. The anterior surface is smooth and concave. There are four transverse ridges, which represent intervertebral discs.

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