Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

By Blandine Calais-Germain

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39). In cross section, we can see that the disc contains two distinct types of material: The peripheral area, called the annulus fibrosus, is composed of concentric rings of fibrocartilage arranged like the layers of an onion. The central nucleus pulposus is made of a gelatinous substance. The disc, besides allowing movement between vertebrae, acts as a shock absorber and weight bearer. 38 THE TRUNK Ligaments of the spinal column There are three ligaments extending the length of the vertebral column.

2. body: The lateral edge has another 7 notches, which articulate with the first 7 costal cartilages. 3. xiphoid process (not always present) The ribs are elongated, flattened, and twisted bones. Each rib consists of a posterior end with three parts: head, neck and tubercle; a body; and an anterior end which articulates with the The first rib is the smallest. costal cartilage. It is flattened from top to bottom. The rib is curved in three different ways A. from above, the edge of the rib has the shape of a bucket handle B.

LUMBOSACRAL JOINT 57 There are iliolumbar ligaments connecting the transverse processes of L5 and L4 to the iliac crest. These ligaments tend to oppose sidebending. From the side, you can see that the ligament from L4 is oriented posteroinferiorly, while that from L5 runs more anteroinferiorly. Thus, the L4 ligament is stretched and the L5 ligament relaxed during flexion... while the reverse occurs during extension. 58 THE TRUNK Thoracic spine The thoracic spine articulates with the ribs. It consists of twelve vertebrae, the thoracic vertebrae.

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