Supraspinous ligament

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Supraspinous ligament
Median sagittal section of two lumbar vertebræ and their ligaments.
Nuchal ligament.PNG
Posterior view of muscles connecting the upper extremity to the vertebral column. Nuchal ligament labeled in red at center.
Latin ligamentum supraspinale
From Spinous process of C7
To Sacrum
Gray's p.290
TA A03.2.01.005
FMA 13425
Anatomical terminology

The supraspinous ligament, also known as the supraspinal ligament, is a ligament found along the vertebral column.


The supraspinous ligament connects the tips of the spinous processes from the seventh cervical vertebra to the sacrum. Above the seventh cervical vertebrae, the supraspinous ligament is continuous with the ligamentum nuchae.[1] :45

Between the spinous processes it is continuous with the interspinal ligaments.

It is thicker and broader in the lumbar than in the thoracic region, and intimately blended, in both situations, with the neighboring fascia.

The most superficial fibers of this ligament extend over three or four vertebræ; those more deeply seated pass between two or three vertebræ while the deepest connect the spinous processes of neighboring vertebræ.



The supraspinous ligament helps maintain the upright position of the head.[1] :45

See also[edit]

This article uses anatomical terminology; for an overview, see anatomical terminology.

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  1. ^ a b Drake, Richard L.; Vogl, Wayne; Tibbitts, Adam W.M. Mitchell; illustrations by Richard; Richardson, Paul (2005). Gray's anatomy for students (Pbk. ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0-443-06612-2.