Back Anatomy
Back Anatomy

Back Anatomy

by Darren Salmi, MD, MS

The anatomy of the back is a vital area of study for medical students, providing a comprehensive understanding of the structures that contribute to the stability, movement, and protection of the vertebral column. The back anatomy encompasses various key topics. Students will delve into the structure and composition of the vertebral column, including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal vertebrae. Understanding the landmarks, articulations, and functions of each vertebra is essential for diagnosing and managing spinal conditions. Knowledge of the location and significance of the vertebral foramina is crucial. Students will learn about the passage of spinal nerves through the intervertebral foramina and the potential clinical implications of nerve impingement or radiculopathy. Students will explore the normal and abnormal curvatures of the vertebral column, such as lordosis, kyphosis, and scoliosis, and their relationship to spinal function.

Understanding the major joints of the vertebral column, including intervertebral, facet, atlanto-occipital, and atlanto-axial joints, is essential. Students will also explore the ligaments that support the back and their role in maintaining stability. Students will explore the anatomy and function of the superficial back muscles, such as the trapezius, latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, and levator scapulae. Students will learn about their contributions to back movement, posture, and respiration. Proficiency in back anatomy is crucial for success in the USMLE, as questions related to spinal anatomy, movement, disorders, and muscle function are frequently encountered.

Course Details

  • Videos 8
  • Duration 0:36 h
  • Quiz questions 20
  • Concept Pages 2


Your Educators of course Back Anatomy

 Darren Salmi, MD, MS

Darren Salmi, MD, MS

Dr. Salmi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Surgery at Stanford University.

He obtained his M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2005 and his M.D. from U.C. Davis in 2010. Dr. Salmi completed his Residency in Anatomic Pathology at Stanford University. He is specifically interested in autopsy and cardiovascular pathology. Due to his outstanding lecture style, he has received numerous awards for excellence in preclinical teaching.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Salmi teaches Anatomy for medical and nursing students.

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