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which ligaments stabilise the vertebral bodies

1. anterior longitudinal ligament (stronger)
2. posterior longitudinal ligament


what is the course and function of the anterior longitudinal ligament

- course: anterior tubercle of atlas to sacrum, united with periosteum of vertebral bodies but mobile over intervertebral discs

- function: prevents hyperextension


what is the course and function of the posterior longitudinal ligament

- course: body of axis to sacral canal

- function: prevents hyperflexion


which ligaments stabilise the facet joints

1. ligamentum flavum
2. interspinous ligament
3. supraspinous ligament


what is the location and function of ligamentum flavum

- stretches between laminae of adjacent vertebrae
- prevents hyperflexion


what colour is the ligamentum flavum and why

yellow due to high elastin


what is the location and function of interspinous ligament

- weak sheets of fibrous tissue that unite spinous processes along adjacent borders (well developed only in lumbar region)
- provides stability in flexion


what is the location and function of supraspinous ligament

- strong band of white fibrous tissue linking tips of adjacent spinous processes
- prevents hyperflexion


what is the ligamentum nuchae

thickening of supraspinous ligament attached to external occipital protruberance... spinous processes of all cervical vertebrae... spinous process of C7


name 3 functions of ligamentum nuchae

1) maintains secondary curvature of cervical spine
2) helps cervical spine support head
3) major site of attachment of neck and trunk muscles (e.g. trapezius, rhomboids)