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Spinal Cord

Spinal Cord
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  1. Spinal Cord, what is it?

    What does it contain/have?
    Link between brain and rest of body.

    Has spinal nerves which carry motor & sensory stimuli.
  2. How many pairs of spinal nerves are in the:

    (Hint: Think of a regular office job shift and lunch time)
    Cervical region
    Thoracic region
    Lumbar region
    Sacral region
    Coccygeal region
    Cervical: 8 pairs of spinal nerves attached to the cervix.

    Thoracic: 12 pairs

    Lumbar: 5 pairs

    Sacral: 5 pairs

    Coccygeal: 1 pair
  3. What is the Conus medullaris? (clinical importance)

    What is the Filum terminale?

    What is the Cauda equina?
    "Inferior end of spinal cord". (L1 - L2)

    A strand of pia mater off end of conus.

    "horse's tail"-Nerve roots from inferior end of the spinal cord.(All above 3 parts are a part of the Conus medullaris & cauda equina)
  4. Spinal Cord Meninges.

    Explain the layers from the innermost to the outermost of the skull.

    What is between these 3 layers?
    • Piamater: surface of spinal cord.
    • (subarachnoid space)
    • Arachnoid mater: CSF
    • (sub duraal space)
    • Dura mater: thick outer layer
  5. Features of the Spinal Cord.Segments.

    (white/gray) parts

    *locate on p. 147: posterior/anterior
    • Posterior & lateral horns are interconnected.
    • (lateral/anterior horn) motor function
    • (Posterior) sensory function

    White matter: (posterior/lateral/anterior) funiculus; white commissure.

    Gray matter: (posterior/lateral/anterior) horn; gray commissure
  6. Cross Section of Spinal Cord with Spinal Nerves

    Label parts:
    Dorsal horn
    Dorsal root
    Dorsal root ganglion (cell bodies associated w/ dorsal root)
    Ventral root
    Spinal nerve
  7. What's the function of the intervertebral foramina?
    Spinal nerves exit through these foramen (openings/holes).
  8. Posterior and Anterior Roots.

    What do the posterior roots contain?

    What neuron is located at the anterior horn of the spinal cord?

    Joining of posterior/anterior roots form?
    Posterior roots contain Central processes.

    Sensory cell bodies: posterior root ganglia.

    Interneurons: anterior horn of spinal cord.

    Joinging: of a posterior and anterior form a spinal nerve.
  9. Posterior and Anterior Rami, where is each distributed in the body?

    Distribution of Posterior Rami

    What are they innervated by?
    Posterior Rami: distributed along the spine.

    Anterior Rami: body wall and extremities.

    Innervated by plexuses formed by dorsal rami.
  10. What is the Nerve Plexus?


    2 largest nerve plexuses are...
    Network of anterior rami

    Allows nerves formed from spinal nerves

    • 2 largest nerve plexuses:
    • 1) brachial
    • 2) lumbosacral
  11. Spinal Nerves pairs on Cervix and thoracic nerves.

    How many cervical bones/nerves are there?

    How are they located on the spinal column?

    *Go through with Thoracic bones/nerves as well.
    Cervical bones: 7; cervical nerves: 8

    (Each cervical nerve is located above that cervical bone)

    Ex: Cranial bone 1, above, CN 1 / CN 8 is below C7.

    Thoracic nerves lie below each Thoracic bone (12 Thoracic bones, 12 Thoracic Nerves)
  12. What are the nerves of the upper extremities? (5)

    AMRMU (recite the mnemonic)

    What are the nerves of the lower extremities? (6)

    GFOTFM (recite mnemonic)
    • Mnemonic: Avie Made Rice Monday, Ugh.
    • (Axillary, Musculocutaneous, Radial, Median, Ulnar)

    • Mnemonic: Girl Friend Or The Friend Mechanism.
    • (Gluteal, Femoral, Obturator, Tibial, Fibular, Medial & Lateral Plantar Nerves)
  13. Significance of brachial plexus? (upper extremities)

    Travels between C5-T1 (cervix 5 to Thoracic 1)
  14. Know:
    *Muscles innervated; what do they do? Location? Distribution?
  15. Axillary Nerve; causes what numbness?

    Location? (On the cervix)

    Innervates? (2 muscles)
    Shoulder numbness: Axillary Nerve

    Location: C5-C6 & down

    2 muscles innervated: Deltoid, Teres Minor
  16. Musculocutaneous Nerve


    Innervates? (3 muscles in anterior arm)

    Main function of biceps brachii?
    Location: C5, C6, C7 & down

    • Innervation:
    • 1) biceps brachii (both heads),
    • 2) brachialis
    • 3) coracobrachilis

    Main function of biceps: Flex at the elbow.
  17. Radial Nerve


    Innervation? (3 muscles; posterior/anterior forearm)

    Extension from where (of the arm)? (3 areas)
    Location: C7, C8 & down

    • Innervation:
    • 1) Triceps brachii
    • 2) Brachioradialis
    • 3) Extensor muscles of forearm

    Extension at the elbow, wrist, fingers.
  18. Median Nerve (passes through carpal tunnel: numbness of skin).



    Actions* (flexes these areas)
    Location: C6, C7, C8, T1 & down.

    • Innervates:
    • 1) flexor forearm muscles
    • 2) abductor pollicis brevis
    • 3) flexor pollicis brevis

    Anterior forearm

    Thenar muscles

    Action: flex wrist/fingers/*thumb
  19. Ulnar Nerve



    "hitting the funny bone"

    Most important function? (responsible for this action of the hand)
    Location: C8, T1 ONLY (none down)

    Innervates: muscles in palm of hand.

    Forearm muscles: flex DIPS

    *Responsible for "grip" (for EXAM)
  20. Femoral Nerve


    Innervate? (also where on the lumbar column)

    • Innervates: Rectus femoris, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis (quads)
    • *L2, 3, 4

    Action: extend at knee (leg extensor)

    Flex at the hip (sartorius, pectinueus, psoas major, iliacus)
  21. Obturator Nerve

    Innervation? (also where on the lumbar column)

    Innervation: *L2, 3 4;

    • Muscles:
    • Adductor longus: brevis, magnus, gracilis.

    Sensory: upper medial thigh (adduct)
  22. Tibial Nerve.(sciatic nerve)

    2 nerves

    Muscles? (which bones of lumbar and sacral column)


    Collectively are?
    • 2 nerves are:
    • Tibial and common fibular

    • Muscles: (L4, L5, S1 - 3)
    • Posterior thigh: biceps femoris (long head), semitendinosus, semimembranosus.

    *Extend: hip/Flexion: knee/toes

    Collectively are: *Plantar flexors
  23. Fibular (common) Nerve (w/ superficial & deep fibular nerves)

    Innervation? (which bones of lumbar and sacral columns)

    Innervates: anterior/lateral leg (superficial & deep)

    *L4, L5, S1, S2, S3

    Flexion: knee
  24. Superficial Fibular Nerve (part of Fibular Nerve)

    Action of the foot? (2 muscles innervated)
    *Eversion of foot: Fibuluaris longus, fibularis brevis.
  25. Deep Fibular Nerve (part of Fibular Nerve)

    (group of muscles): Tibialis anterior, extensor hallcuis longus, Extensor digitorum longus.

    *Action: Dorsiflexion
  26. Reflexes; define.

    Monosynaptic/Polysynaptic reflex

    Define the two.

    Which is the fastest of the two?
    Moving a part of your body through subconsious stimulation.

    • Poly: Pain --> skin (sensory --> interneuron --> motor neuron)
    • Ex: hot stove contact

    • Monosynaptic: one neuron to second neuron (one synapse).
    • -Fastest type of nerve conduction in body.
    • -Sensory input: "quick stretch to a muscle"
    • -Pateller (knee jerk) reflex