Vertebral Column

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Vertebral Column The vertebral column (spine) consists of 26 vertebrae bones (Table 1). It provides support for the  head and trunk of the body, protection for the spinal cord, and connecting points for the ribs and  muscles.  A typical vertebra has the following characteristics (see Figure 1):  The body (centrum) is the disc-shaped, anterior portion that gives strength to the  bone. The vertebral arch is a bony ring behind the vertebral body. The opening in the ring is  the vertebral foramen, the passageway for the spinal cord. The vertebral canal is the  continuous passageway formed by the vertebral foramina of successive vertebrae. The pedicles and the laminae form the anterior and posterior sides, respectively, of  the vertebral arch. Seven processes project from the vertebral arch: A spinous process projects posteriorly from the vertebral arch. Muscle and 
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course PT 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Texas State.

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