Meningeal branches of spinal nerve

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Meningeal branches of spinal nerves
From Spinal nerve
Innervates intraspinal ligaments, vertebral periosteum, anulus fibrosus, zygapophysial joint capsules
TA A14.2.00.032
FMA 76729
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The meningeal branches of the spinal nerves (also known as recurrent meningeal nerves, sinuvertebral nerves, or recurrent nerves of Luschka) are a number of small nerves that branch from the spinal nerve near the origin of the anterior and posterior rami, but before the rami communicantes branch. They then re-enter the intervertebral foramen, and innervate the facet joints, the anulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc, and the ligaments and periosteum of the spinal canal, carrying pain sensation. The nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disk has no pain innervation.


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