Back: Vertebral column

by Craig Canby, PhD

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    I welcome you to this lecture on the “Vertebral Column”. At the conclusion of this lecture, you, as a learner, should be able to describe the vertebral segments and the number of vertebrae in each segment. You should be able to describe the vertebral curvatures and their formation. Describe the formation of inner vertebral foramina and their clinical significance. Describe the structural blueprint of a typical Vertebra. Compare and contrast the structural features of vertebral segments. And then, lastly, you should be able to describe the vertebral articulations and ligaments and their functions. I then will summarize the important take-home Messages, and then lastly, I’ll provide attribution for the images that were used throughout this lecture. Here is a body map to quickly orient us to the region of interest. And we’re going to focus here on the posterior view. And you see this furrow right down the midline. This furrow represents the location of structural elements of our vertebral column. And this would be the spinous processes. So, we’re going to be looking right along this area to define the segmentation of the vertebral column. First, let’s take a look at some basic concepts of the vertebral column and our starting point is with segmentation. What we have within the vertebral column are various segments. We will have a cervical segment and that is represented by the first seven vertebrae that we see here in the anterior view and then we also see the seven vertebrae posteriorly. The thoracic segment will be the next twelve vertebrae. And we see the general location of the thoracic vertebrae in through here. And then posteriorly, we are looking in this general region for our twelve thoracic vertebrae. Just inferior to the thoracic segment, we have the lumbar region and we have five...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Back: Vertebral column by Craig Canby, PhD is from the course Abdominal Wall. It contains the following chapters:

    • Concepts of the vertebral column
    • Typical vertebra
    • Segmental vertebral specification
    • Lumbar vertebrae
    • Articulations
    • Ligaments

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Lumbar curvature
    2. Cervical curvature
    3. Thoracic curvature
    4. Sacral curvature
    1. Lumbar vertebra
    2. Cervical vertebra
    3. Thoracic vertebra
    4. Sacral vertebra
    5. Coccygeal vertebra
    1. Cervical segment
    2. Thoracic segment
    3. Lumbar segment
    1. Posterior longitudinal ligament
    2. Anterior longitudinal ligament
    3. Ligamentum flavum
    4. Interspinous ligament
    5. Ligamentum nuchae

    Author of lecture Back: Vertebral column

     Craig Canby, PhD

    Craig Canby, PhD

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    Back: Vertebral column
    By Wyleen B. on 07. May 2017 for Back: Vertebral column

    Aligned with "First Aid." 3-D as well animated pictures would enhance this lecture.

    This was great …
    By Pascal B. on 14. May 2016 for Back: Vertebral column

    This was great! Thank you!